New Delhi, Nov 16: The Delhi High Court has allowed the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to proceed as planned. The marathon has been scheduled for Sunday, November 19. The high court’s go-ahead for the marathon came after the organisers submitted that they have put in a refund policy for those runners who want to opt out and that there are measures in place to deal with medical emergencies. The organisers also said that they will be taking measures to minimise the impact of pollution on the race day.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had on Tuesday urged the Delhi High Court to pass directions to postpone the Half Marathon. A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva had issued a notice to the Delhi government, police, the pollution control panel DPCC and the organisers of the event, seeking their reply by November 16.
Airtel, the organiser of Delhi Half Marathon had said that it will take necessary measures including the spray of salt treated effluent water to curb the pollution along the route to keep participating athletes safe. It also added that the traffic will be suspended for eight hours on the route before the event kicks off.
“The two major causes of pollution – dust and vehicular traffic are being directly addressed by us on the race day. Through the entire 21 kms course of the race, we are sprinkling salt treated effluent water to effectively settle the dust on the roads,” the statement said.
As many as 35,000 people are expected to run in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday under different race categories (5km, 10km and 21km).