MANILA (UPDATE) - Canoe-kayak competitions in the 30th Southeast Asian Games have been rescheduled after storm signals were raised in different parts of Luzon, including several tournament venues, due to the onslaught of typhoon Tisoy, an official said Monday.
The 3-day canoe kayak competition, originally slated to begin Monday, has been moved to Friday, said competition manager Bonnel Perez.
"We really need to reschedule the games kasi nga medyo malakas 'yung bagyo and may typhoon signal warning na po tayo," he said.
"Automatic kasi kapag may signal na, kailangan talaga i-postpone muna ang games."
Windsurfing contests in Subic were also postponed and rescheduled "to a date when weather will be cleared from typhoon."
Windsurfing events were scheduled from begin on Nov. 28, but organizers are eyeing to push its opening to Thursday, Dec. 5, depending on the movement and effects of the typhoon, venue manager Julious Macam earlier said.
The original 12-day timetable included practices, weighing and measuring of equipment, and competition proper for windsurfers.
TRIATHLON HELD EARLIER
Duathlon and triathlon events were moved to an earlier date, before Tisoy's expected landfall in the country's eastern seaboard.
The women's triathlon was held in advance Sunday, while duathlon events — originally scheduled on Tuesday — were held a day earlier "so we could take advantage of the good weather," organizing committee chief for Subic Ramon Agregado told Agence-France Presse.
Other suppliers have been instructed to dismantle tents in areas on Tisoy's path, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chief operating office Ramon Suzara told reporters.
"We told them to remove just in case there would be strong winds," he said. "All contingencies are in place and all technical delegates are ready."
Tisoy is expected to make landfall in Bicol between Monday night and Tuesday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. advisory.
"Life-threatening" waves at least 3 meters high can hit coastal town in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes, it said.
Despite delays, the SEA Games will not be extended, Suzara said.