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Tuesday June 25, 2013 MYT 4:01:00 PM
Tuesday July 9, 2013 MYT 4:04:01 PM
by joseph sipalan
PUTRAJAYA: The Government has strongly advised that all sports events be postponed should the air pollution index (API) hit readings of 100 or higher.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the decision was made after consulting with the National Sports Council (NSC), National Sports Institute (NSI) and health experts.
"We strongly advise that an event be postponed should the daily average API be 100 or more for three consecutive days before the event, and at the same time show an upward trend.
"This applies to events held outdoors. Indoor events can continue as scheduled," he said at a press conference Tuesday after presenting the Jalur Gemilang to national teams competing at two regional events in Brunei Darussalam and South Korea.
Khairy pointed out that the new guidelines will have an immediate impact on four events - the Hockey World League semi-finals in Johor from June 29-July 7, the Tour of Malaysia from June 26-30, the 2013 Malaysia Games (Sukma) from June 28-July 7 and the FA Cup finals between Kelantan and Johor on June 29.
He said the ministry would give 24-hour notice to an event's organiser should the API remain at unhealthy levels, and urged event organisers to put the interests and health of the athletes and spectators first.
However, he said the ministry could only enforce the guidelines on events directly under the purview of the ministry such as Sukma and the FA Cup, while it was entirely up to the organisers of the Tour of Malaysia and World Hockey League to follow the guidelines.
Haze: Ministry may postpone sports events
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