Ironman to proceed rain or shine

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RAIN or shine, the Ironman 70.3 Philippines will proceed as scheduled on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

This was what Nagiel Bañacia, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), told SunStar Cebu when asked whether it would push through with the triathlon event should there be a heavy downpour.

"Magbasa man gani ang mga athletes (Athletes even get wet) to sustain the race," said Bañacia.

Engr. Al Quiblat, chief of Pagasa Visayas weather bureau, however, said in a separate interview that there is a low chance of rain on Saturday, August 6, and Sunday morning, except in the afternoon until the evening.

Quiblat said this is due to a combined low pressure area and southwest monsoon.

He said the temperature on Sunday is expected to be at 24 to 30 degrees celsius with a wind of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour.

In a social media post, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan said he ensured that the roadworks along the routes of the Ironman 70.3 would be finished ahead of the event.

Chan earlier called out the private contractor in charge of the drainage projects located in three barangays of Mactan, Maribago and Agus to remove road obstructions for the safety of the athletes.

The mayor conducted an ocular inspection on those projects less than two weeks prior to the Ironman event and observed that the projects, which remain unfinished, could cause accidents for the Ironman participants.

Around 2,000 participants from 48 countries are expected to join the race.

The mayor announced that the road closures will take place from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Barangays Mactan, Punta Engaño, Maribago, Agus, Marigondon, and Subabasbas. (MKG)

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