Palaro athletes warned vs heat stroke

by Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN Pangasinan

Posted at May 04 2012 06:45 PM | Updated as of May 05 2012 02:48 AM

Games available via livestream, Twitter

PANGASINAN -- The country's best student athletes are gearing up for the annual Palarong Pambansa, which kicks off on May 6 in Pangasinan.

Most of the participants have already arrived in the province.

While their training has become more urgent, the various teams are taking care not to succumb to the heat.

The volleyball team of Region 10 has scheduled practices to avoid the hottest times of the day.

"Sobrang init ngayon kaya takot din kami ma-heat stroke,” said athlete Reymark Woo.

"Ang practice nila 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., may tubig din silang dala," said Eulogio Suaner, Region 10 training director.

During the actual competition, no outdoor games are scheduled between 10 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.

The Department of Education says this is to avoid incidents of dizziness and fainting among athletes which happened in previous games.

Also for the first time, the Palaro will be live streamed.

It will broadcast the seven main sporting events over the internet on

"Maganda ito para mapapanuod ang nangyayari sa Palaro," said Vangie Padilla, Vice Chairman of Palarong Pambansa 2012.

The province also has a social media command center which will liveblog the events and will reply to queries for scores and the standings of regions over Twitter and Facebook.