WITH a major athletics meet taking place a month after Hari Raya, it is training as usual for Kuala Lumpur Sports School athletes during the fasting month. Race walking coach Abas Kasim, 39, said the students were preparing for the National Sports School Athletics Circuit that will take place in Malacca from Sept 13 to 15. ''They usually train for about two hours each day but during the fasting month, we have cut it down to an hour. I also concentrate more on body weight training and flexibility training so that the students are not too tired. ''After training, they will rest at the hostel before breaking fast,'' said Abas. Sprint and throwing coach Hisham Mustaza Ibrahim, 38, said his students went through the same intensity of training during fasting month but the number of sets were reduced. ''We have only about a month left to train after Hari Raya so they cannot afford to stop training. We have about 50 students in athletics and about 100 in football. ''We do
not have the track-and- field facilities here at the school and hostel, which is located off Jalan Tun Razak near Istana Budaya, so twice a week, we go to the stadium in Bandar Sri Permaisuri but during the fasting month, we train at the hostel compound so that the students do not have to rush back from training in time to break fast,'' said Hisham. The training sessions take place daily at 3.30pm and besides conditioning exercises in the hostel gym, the students also do short runs and walks around the hostel compound. ''The non-Muslim athletes go through regular training,'' said Abas.