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US female striker Wambach unfazed by filthy air at Olympics venue

21 September 2007 11:35

TIANJIN, China (AFP) - American World Cup striker Abby Wambach on Friday insisted she was not concerned by appalling air quality in Tianjin, a venue for football games during next year's Olympics.

Despite air that tastes like dust and morning visibility of just a few hundred yards, taking the sheen off Tianjin's gleaming Olympics Center stadium, Wambach shrugged off the conditions.

"We do train in LA!" she joked. "For me personally it hasn't really been a problem.

"We've just been training in many different cities, we travel all over the world so we don't really feel like anything's going to affect us weather-wise."

Air pollution is one of the biggest concerns voiced by competitors at next year's Olympics in nearby Beijing, where organisers are scrambling to fix the problem.

Last month millions of cars were hauled off the roads in a four-day anti-smog test claimed as a success by the authorities.

Officials say they have also closed down polluting factories, ordered power stations to switch from coal to gas and planted millions of trees.

Tianjin, an industrial city of 10 million, will host two women's World Cup quarter-finals this weekend including the United States' match against England on Saturday.

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