MANILA – The organizing committee of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games said on Monday evening that indoor games can push through despite the threat of Typhoon Tisoy. However, the public might not be allowed to watch.
“Tuloy-tuloy po ang laro basta may power, safe ang teams. But without spectators (The games will proceed as long as there is electricity and the teams are safe. But without spectators),” said Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chief operating officer Ramon Suzara in a press briefing.
“We have done this in the past,” he said, mentioning instances when strong typhoons were experienced during sports competitions in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Suzara said this will likely be the case of the SEA Games’ volleyball matches.
“Tomorrow we’ll play it by ear. I know it’s strong but the technical delegates of each sport is aware of any contingencies,” Suzara said.
He said water sports on Tuesday have been cancelled. “In case umaraw pala, we will resume in 2 to 3 hours. Since andun na atleta. We will do a case-to-case situation and we will be updating each area,” he said.
(In case it’s sunny, we will resume in two to three hours since the athletes are there already. We will do a case-to-case monitoring and we will be updating each area.)
He said they have placed outdoor tents at the game venues in preparation for the typhoon.
Suzara said they are not that worried about Metro Manila since most of the games happening in the metropolis are indoors.
What they are worried about is the New Clark City where many of the athletes are being housed.
“We are quite full now in the Athletes' Village - 1,000 plus (athletes). I don’t want us to have a problem with the food or the dining hall,” he said.
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