By Kristel Satumbaga
The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has postponed several events for Tuesday as a precaution for the typhoon Tisoy.
In a statement released late Monday, some events in Subic were adjusted in anticipation of heavy rains and strong winds.
Canoe/kayak and traditional boat races were scheduled for Friday to Sunday only with race courses dismantled per Coast Guard directive, while sailing and windsurfing races were moved to Thursday with details pending evaluation of weather situation.
Modern pentathlon was also moved to the morning of Thursday, as well as surfing, which will resume on Wednesday with revised schedule pending assessment of the situation.
Muay competitions were also moved to Wednesday and Thursday for mai-wakru competition, and Friday to Sunday for combat events, while pencak silat’s revised schedule are being deliberated at press time.
Skateboarding and polo events in Tagaytay and Calatagan were also postponed, while underwater hockey will proceed but competition will be finished before 3 p.m. Petanque will also postpone their events.
Athletics in New Clark City will proceed on Friday, but competition might be compressed to a 4-day schedule depending on weather conditions.
Ongoing tennis matches at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Courts were also halted due to rainshowers.
PHISGOC said it already has alternate dates for events that might not be played during their original schedule.
“Everything is set for contingency. We’re monitoring it. There’s possible realignment, but not too much delay. What is important is the safety of the athletes and spectators,” PHISGOC Chief Operating Officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara said.