Right to Run
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Indian Medical Association (IMA) has declared the city in a public health emergency state and urged schools to stop all outdoor activities to keep children out of hazardous air pollution levels. The association has also recommended banning the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, one of the biggest running event in India.
While we agree government has every right to suggest us what's good for us, it has no right to dictate an activity of mine, which has no bearing on others.
Even if we consider the case of smoking, the smoking is banned just in public places as passive smoking is injurious to others but not completely. Government tries to discourage smoking by spreading awareness by making producer print the health warning on the pack.
Similarly, in this case, the government should create awareness of side-effects of running rather than cancel the event. Runners plan for this event well in advances, sometimes even for a year. Many elite athletes plan their calendar according to sponsors and prize money, and cancelling the event will be a huge loss to them.
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