No training outdoors during haze, athletes told


A group of cyclists riding along Jalan Sultan Tengah in Kuching on Sunday. - Bernama

PETALING JAYA: All outdoor trainings involving national athletes have to stop if the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading rises above 100.

The haze situation took a turn for the worse on Saturday and the API reading at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil Sunday morning was 236 at one point.

An API reading of 51-100 is considered moderate; 100 to 200 indicates unhealthy air quality, 201 to 300 very unhealthy and above 300 hazardous.

National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz has advised coaches and athletes not to take risks.

“We have our own monitoring device and the readings were high this morning,” he said.

“We have discussed this with the coaches and they have to train indoors if the API is above 100.

“Competitions can continue only if the API reading is below 150. 

“We are providing medical masks for the athletes and I’d like to advice them to drink more water.

“The current situation is quite hazardous for elite athletes. They are more at risk as they do high intensity training.”

The Mizuno Wave Run scheduled to take place at Dataran Putrajaya on Sunday was postponed to an indefinite date and there are concerns the Standard Chartered KL Marathon on Oct 4 will be affected if the condition does not improve.

Malaysia will also be hosting the World Motorcycle Championship at Sepang and the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Bukit Jalil from Oct 23-25. 

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