Canadian wildfires bring US sports to a halt

The Americans have to suspend several sporting events because of the forest fires in Canada. The air quality is particularly poor in New York.

The first race of this year’s Belmont Stakes had to be postponed.

On Thursday, the first gallop race of the Belmont Stakes in New York was canceled. Governor Kathy Hochul said the entire traditional event was in jeopardy.

– I hope we can start, but there is no guarantee regarding the weather. A decision will be made at the last minute, she said.

If the air quality exceeds 200, the races are cancelled. Horses must be approved by veterinarians if the quality is between 150 and 200.

Hundreds of wildfires in Canada this week caused a blanket of smoke and fog over several cities in the northeastern United States, and air pollution warnings were issued to millions of people.

Baseball games between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox took place on Thursday after having been scheduled to be free on Wednesday. At that time, the air quality at Yankee Stadium was 335.

Many NFL teams in the East had to move their practices to halls on Thursday. In the capital, the Washington Nationals baseball team takes action and postpones its match against Arizona which was originally scheduled to be played on June 22.

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