Right, so it turns out that the polluted air in Beijing is not only bad for the athletes, it’s also bad for the media.

The Australian’s Beijing Now blog reports that today’s air quality may require a cycling event to be postponed. Sure, this is a good thing for the athletes, but what’s NBC gonna do? “It is believed American broadcaster NBC was furious and questioned officials how a postponement of such a major event could even be considered,” the blog reports.

Let the games begin.


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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.