KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 (Bernama) - The National Sports Institute (NSI) prohibits athletes from training when the Air Pollutant Index (API) reaches above 100 or unhealthy level.
They are also prohibited from training if there are signs of shortness of breath, drowsiness and refrain from high intensity training in the afternoon or evening when pollution levels are highest.
These are some of the ISN guidlines for athletes and coaches, especially those who will be take part in Malaysia Games (Sukma) from June 28-July 7, said ISN in a statement Friday.
Other guidelines are to train in confined spaces as it is the most effective measure to pursue sports activities or by varying the physical exercise routine.
For outdoor sports that require external training such as football and hockey, the team might consider training overseas to avoid the haze.
Athletes are advised to drink lots of water to help prevent any probability of lung infection.
ISN urged sports associations and event organisers to postpone outdoor activities to ensure the safety and health of athletes and spectators.
It will monitor the haze situation from time to time and will give the best advice to athletes and coaches.
The haze is getting worse in some areas in Peninsular Malaysia over the past few days, particularly in Kota Tinggi, Johor which recorded API of 313 (hazardous) this morning compared to 291 yesterday.