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Cancel Sporting Events If API Reaches Unhealthy Level

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PUTRAJAYA – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin wants all sporting events canceled or postponed if the Air Pollutant Index (API) reaches unhealthy level.

“I hope the organisers of sporting events take proactive steps for the sake of the players, participants and spectators. Their health is more important than keeping to schedule.

“It is irresponsible of them to keep to the schedule knowing it put the health of players and participants at risk,” he told reporters after handing over the Jalur Gemilang to the Malaysian contingent for 8th Asia Pacific Deaf Games in Taoyuan, Taiwan from Oct 3 to 11, here, today.

The National Sports Institute (ISN) had urged sports associations and event organisers to stop training and competition if the API level breaches 100.

“Athletes breathe via the mouth during training and the air breathed by pass the nasal passage which filters polluted air. Health problems involving air pollution consist of damage to the lung passage, increasing risk of asthma, heart attack, stroke and in extreme cases can lead to death,” said ISN in a statement on Sept 11.

Meanwhile, the Professional Players Association of Malaysia (PFAM) has called for a review of the schedule of Malaysia Cup matches due to the haze.

Its president, Izham Ismail said the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) should prioritise the health of players, team management, match officials and the spectators. – BERNAMA

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