For a second day in a row, Thursday, the world of sports on American soil was disrupted by the forest fires which continue to hit Quebec hard in particular.
Thus, poor air quality forced major league baseball to postpone another game, that is, the one between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Nationals in Washington; the two teams will meet again on June 22. If the effects of the fires are felt in the capital of the United States, they are obviously clearly visible further north. On the Philadelphia side, the Phillies were to host the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday evening, but the clash has been postponed to Thursday evening, except that the situation has not improved significantly and the teams concerned are likely to wait longer before resuming play. ‘stock.
Then, in New York, the images of the city submerged by a plume of yellowish and misty smoke went around the world. Also, the Yankees paid the price for environmental problems by seeing their Wednesday duel against the Chicago White Sox moved to the next day. However, the doubleheader scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday was far from a certainty on the schedule. More information from Circuit Manfred is awaited.
The NFL is not spared either, with its off-season activities going strong. The New York Giants had resigned themselves to training indoors, given the unfavorable conditions in their region. However, even the quarters of the club did not allow him to untie his legs, the quality of the air on the spot being described as compromised.
After consulting with players and medical professionals, head coach Brian Daboll has seen fit to cancel Friday’s session as well, as reported by the New York Post. The squad will return to the field on Tuesday and Wednesday to hold their mandatory mini-camp.
The Belmont Stakes under threat
In addition, the conclusion of the Triple Crown of horse racing risks being affected if pollution remains a problem in the American Northeast. As reported by « USA Today », the association governing the sport in New York State (the NYRA) has already canceled training in anticipation of the Belmont Stakes to be held on Saturday. Events scheduled for Thursday at Belmont Park have also been postponed to Sunday.
The safety of spectators, employees as well as participants, drivers and horses, remains a priority in the eyes of the organization. “The New York Racing Association uses advanced outdoor weather services [de ses sites], in addition to on-site equipment to monitor the conditions and air quality around Belmont Park, she reacted in a press release. NYRA will continue to provide an environment to ensure safety during racing and practice at the Belmont Stakes festival.”