Many athletes and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have expressed concern over Beijing’s notorious air pollution.
"We should guarantee the air quality for the Olympics," vice mayor Liu Jingmin was quoted as saying, "but we should also guarantee the orderliness of industry and people’s lives."
Liu also denied reports that car use restrictions would start as early as May. "The plan is undergoing study and will only be enforced close to the Games," Liu said.
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