Official: To wrap SEA Games on time, events could be played late into the night


Posted at Dec 03 2019 04:10 PM | Updated as of Dec 03 2019 05:12 PM

MANILA—Some SEA Games competitions could be pushed until midnight to ensure that the regional tournament will not extend beyond its original Dec. 11 closing date, a tournament official said Tuesday after several games were postponed due to the onslaught of typhoon Tisoy.

It is "normal" for multi-sports events to hold games until midnight to avoid an extension of dates that will affect logistics, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee chief operating officer Ramon Suzara said in a press conference.

"There were competitions held midnight hanggang morning even in the Olympics because of time constraints," he said.

"Kung kailangan abutin tayo hanggang alas-12 ng gabi basta tapusin lang."

Suzara downplayed concerns that tighter schedules would affect the performance of some athletes.

"You should give the team at least 6 hours of rest before the next training or next match. That is the rule in all sports," he said.

"The technical delegates are aware of these adjustments on the competition time and format.

"Hopefully, these adjustments will not really affect the performance, but again this typhoon is out of our control."

Should an extension be inevitable, the Games will be only until the noon of December 11, about 6 hours before the scheduled closing ceremony, Suzara said.

Several games have had to be rescheduled this week as typhoon Tisoy, the strongest of the 20 typhoons that battered the Philippines this year, doused event venues.

Most games are expected to resume on December 4 as the typhoon is forecast to exit Luzon by Wednesday morning, and the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday.

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