NEW CLARK CITY - One by one, sports events in the 30th Southeast Asian Games are being postponed as Northern Luzon braces for Typhoon Tisoy.
After windsurfing cancelled its Monday schedule, canoe kayak followed suit and reset its events to Dec. 6-8 as the SEA Games host anticipates severe weather on most venues, more so for outdoor events.
Bonnel Perez, one of the competition managers in charge of canoe kayak and traditional dragon race, said the change in schedule was necessary on the advice of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Besides, the safety and welfare of the athletes and officials are of paramount, he said.
“We really need to reschedule the games kasi nga medyo malakas yung bagyo and may typhoon signal warning na tayo. So automatic kasi na kapag may signal na, kailangan talaga i-postpone muna ang games,” said Perez.
Canoe kayak is originally scheduled for Dec. 3-4 at Malawaan Park.
Typhoon Tisoy entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday and is expected to make landfall in the Bicol region by Monday evening or Tuesday morning with maximum winds of 150 km/h.
Signal No. 3 has been raised in the Bicol region while the rest of Northern Luzon including Pampanga, Tarlac, Tagaytay, and Manila where most of the Games are being played, is currently under Signal No. 2.
If heavy rains hit Metro Manila, even indoor events set at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex are in danger of being shelved since the area is prone to flooding.
Also in danger of being rescheduled is the start of the 0-2 goals division of the polo competition to be held at Miguel Romero Polo Field in Calatagan, Batangas. The latest bulletin from polo organizers is that two matches will be played in the morning.
Among those already affected by the onset of Typhoon Tisoy were beach volleyball and cycling events.
The mountain bike downhill race on Monday was originally scheduled to be flagged off at 1 p.m., but was moved to 10:30 a.m. instead in Laurel, Batangas.
The Philippine women’s and men’s beach volleyball teams were also scheduled for a late afternoon matches against Malaysia, but both games were moved up and played in the morning instead.
Instead of using just a single court, organizers allowed the use of two others to finish the matches early.