SEA Games will not extend event despite threats from ‘Tisoy’– PHISGOC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2, 2019) — Despite threats from Typhoon "Tisoy" (international name: Kammuri), the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will not go beyond December 11, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) said Monday.

In its media briefing, PHISGOC chief operating officer Ramon Suzara said they have prepared a contingency plan to reschedule some games and prepare for the inclement weather, but noted that there will be no extension of the event.

“A few days ago, I gave instructions to the venue managers and the competition managers to be ready with a contingency plan. This has been in place a long time ago,” Suzara said.

Suzara stressed that the organizing committee had already talked about possibly “realigning the competition format” in the 12-day biennial meet, and added that the location of the matches will not be changed.

“There are people asking if there will be an extension of the SEA Games, I said no. There’s always a solution to talk to all participating teams on the possible realignment of the competition format,” he said.

“It's [going to be] the same location. If the typhoon passes, after four hours we can play again hopefully.”

Suzara added that competitions may continue without public spectators “as long as the category of the typhoon is still manageable.”

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a separate briefing earlier in the day that most competitions will push through as long as “torrential rains are not strongly felt.”

“Hangga't hindi matindi ang torrential rain, pwede pa rin silang matuloy pero walang crowd (As long as the torrential rain is not intense, the matches will still continue but without the crowd),” PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano said during the 11:00 a.m. briefing.

In a later briefing. Suzara said he was hopeful the storm would weaken by Tuesday, and appealed for the public's help to disseminate the information.

He said he was concerned about Clark and Subic, particularly about the athletes staying in the Athlete's Village, adding it was "quite full" now.

"I do not want that we will have a problem with the food, especially in the dining hall," he said.

In the same briefing, he added, "This afternoon, our Subic cluster...they already gave instructions that the water sports like sailing and surfing will be canceled tomorrow. But again, our athletes, technical officials are there. In case mag-resume 'yan, kunyari Signal number 3, tapos umaraw pala, then we will resume immediately in two to three hours," he said.

The Philippine National Police also said they were ready to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

PAGASA has reecommended for the following matches scheduled on Tuesday, December 3, to be suspended:

Surfing at Monalisa Point, La Union (5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Petanque matches (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Canoe at Malawaan Park, Subic Bay (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Sailing at Subic Bay Yacht Club (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Shooting at Marine Corp Training Center and The Villages, Clark (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Baseball and Softball at The Villages, Clark (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Beach Volleyball at Subic Tennis Court (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Polo at Calatagan, Batangas (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Skate Boarding at Tagaytay City Extreme Sports Complex (3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Football at Binan Football Stadium (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

More areas were placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 as Tisoy slowly headed for the Bicol region. This has prompted several local government units to announce class suspensions for the day.

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Tisoy is expected to make landfall in Catanduanes, Albay or Sorsogon between tonight or tomorrow morning, PAGASA said.