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Dainik BhaskarJan 11, 2020, 05:15 PM IST Sports Desk. Australia's September 2019 forests are on fire. Meanwhile, there will be an Australian Open Tennis tournament from 20 January to 2 February. The fire is most widespread in the coastal areas of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia. While the tournament will be held in Melbourne, Victoria's capital. Meteorologists and air quality experts will be present in the stadium for safety. The tournament will feature big players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, Nick Kyrgios and Stephanos Sitsipas.
Victoria and New South Wales most affected
Australia's fire is spread over 18.9 million acres of forest in three states. More than 2 thousand houses have been burnt by this. 26 people have died. A survey has estimated that more than 48 crore animals, birds and creeping creatures have also lost their lives. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had announced the formation of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency on January 6 to give around 14 thousand crores.
The fire is most widespread in the coastal areas of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia. The forests of Sydney, Mallakuta, Vollemy National Park, Port McAury, Newcastle and Bluemounts area were the worst affected.
The fire started in late November 2019 in the state of Victoria. So far 8 lakh hectares of forest has been burnt here. Due to strong winds, thunderstorms, lightning, the weather is expected to be very hot and dry. This can increase the risk of fire.
Challenges Air pollution will remain the biggest problem during the Australia Open. Keeping the players, fans and officials safe will be a big challenge in the country due to the hot weather and increased temperature after wildfires. Recently there was talk of advancing the tournament, but Tennis Australia chief Craig Tille said it would be on time.
For the players who have problems like breathing problems or asthma, there will be a big health challenge here. Melbourne's AQI expert Yuming Guo said that the pollution is very high here. Players may have difficulty breathing. Problems such as eye irritation and dementia may occur.
Precautions Christine Jankins, a medicine professor at the University of New South Wales, said – strong hot winds are blowing here. Players and fans, including others, drink large amounts of water to avoid this. Stay away from alcohol. Get some sleep Get out of the house only when you need more.
Arrangements Meteorological Department and AQI experts will be present on the ground and take stock of the situation. Monitors showing AQI levels will also be installed on the ground. Any time the temperature reaches a very serious level, the umpires can stop the match. Melbourne Park has three separate stadiums and 8 other indoor courts. It will not be possible for players to wear masks.
The impact of other sporting events had to be canceled last month in the Solas Big Boat Challenge tournament in Sydney. Sydney's pollution was very poor at that time. The visibility here was also very low. A match of the Big Bash League also had to be canceled due to severe air quality. Apart from these, two test matches were played between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney and Melbourne last month. At the same time, a 10-day ATP tennis tournament is being played in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth without any problems.