Technical delegates to decide on game cancellation – PHISGOC

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Several locations of the ongoing 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) have been placed under cyclone signal as Typhoon Tisoy nears landfall.

According to the Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), the decision to cancel an event is up to the technical delegates.

PHISGOC COO Tats Suzara said they already have prior instructions to all competition managers, venue managers and technical delegates on what to do in case of unavoidable circumstances such as the typhoon.

“There’s an operation policy to all competition managers and venue managers including the technical delegates in case there are typhoons, cancellations, delay, that is all the part of the role of the technical delegates and competition manager,” he explained.

In case of indoor sports, the competition continues if necessary but without the spectators, Suzara said.

Suzara reiterated that the sports event should end on schedule which is on December 11.

According to Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham Tolentino, what concerns them more are the flight cancellations because some delegates from outside the country might not be able to arrive in time for their games.

“Andiyan na iyan alangan namang pag na delay pag na extend ng konti yung stay nila, hindi natin, mas lalo nating aasikasuhin yung mga iyon, (It’s inevitable. They are here and if they extend their stay, of course, we also have to extend our assistance),” he said.

State weather agency PAGASA has advised on precautionary measures as weather condition is expected to become ‘critical’ on Tuesday (December 3) in areas to be hit directly by Typhoon Tisoy.

Some sports events that might be cancelled include surfing, kayaking, sailing, beach volleyball, skate boarding and football located in venues forecast to be affected by the typhoon. — MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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