London 2012 fireworks up for question

October 26, 2010

Question about the fireworks at the opening and closing ceremonies was posed in Acapulco as IOC president Jacques Rogge took questions from leaders of the 200+ National Olympic Committees who have been meeting in Mexico for five days.

Sri Lankan NOC head, Hemasiri Fernando, raised the issue if the extravagant fireworks which are such an inherent part of the celebrations could be bad for the environment.

‘We all have the responsibility to protect this earth and the fireworks have a tremendous effect on the environment,” said Fernando, one of 14 NOC representatives to ask questions during the joint meeting between the IOC executive board and the Anoc executive board.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said he was taking the issue seriously and would speak to London 2012 organisers and the IOC’s environmental committee.