In this photograph taken on December 18, 2015, Indian commuters travel on a polluted road near a bus terminus in the Anand Vihar District of New Delhi. (AFP / Chandan Khanna)
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Not everything was ideal for players in the Under-17 World Cup being hosted in India, with air pollution beyond recognized safe levels in the six cities staging games.In the hours before the first matches on Friday, levels of lung-clogging particulate matter known as PM2.5 hovered above 170 micrograms per cubic meter in New Delhi -- or 17 times higher than what the World Health Organization deems safe, and more than four times higher than India's own standards.At least 10 cities in India are among the world's 20 most polluted.Given the dangers air pollution poses to soccer players running hard on a field in 90-minute games, some of the six cities hosting games during the Oct. 6-28 tournament had plans for curbing pollution in the short term.
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