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Phisgoc: SEA Games won’t be extended

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By Nick Giongco

CLARKFIELD, Pampanga—In anticipation of heavy rains and strong winds from typhoon Tisoy, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) on Monday declared the 30th Southeast Asian Games “won’t be extended” in case some events get scrapped during their playdates.

Ramon Tats Suzara, Philippines South East Asian Games Organizing Committee Chief Operating Officer (COO), speaks during a media briefing at the International Broadcasting Center in Clark, Pampanga. (MB Photo / Mark Balmores)

Ramon Tats Suzara, Philippines South East Asian Games Organizing Committee Chief Operating Officer (COO) (MB Photo / Mark Balmores)

“We’ll play it by ear,” said Phisgoc Chief Operating Officer Tats Suzara as the storm threatens to disrupt the events of the SEA Games in Subic bay and other venues.

But while Metro Manila, the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, and key cities in Southern Luzon and Northern Luzon, are also staging events, the focus is on Subic Bay.

The site of the former US Navy Base is hosting mostly water sports and the rains and winds could end up endangering the lives of the athletes and officials and even the public.

Among the sports whose playdates are under watch are beach volleyball, canoe-kayak and traditional boat race, Muay (team managers meeting), pencak silat, modern pentathlon, sailing and windsurfing and triathlon
and duathlon.

But events in sepak takraw, chess, beach handball, rowing and open water swimming will proceed.

The Phisgoc said it already has alternate dates for events that might not be played during their original schedule.

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