No extension, games will finish by Dec. 11


    THERE are at least 15 Southeast Asian Games disciplines which may be adversely affected by the threat of Typhoon Tisoy, but the Philippine Southeast Asian Gams Organizing Committee reiterated that contingency plans are in place and that the 30th edition of the regional meet will finish as scheduled on Dec. 11.

    “Contingency plans have been in place a long time ago,” PHISGOC chief operating officer Ramon Suzara said in a press briefing yesterday at the World Trade Center.

    “There’s an operating policy for all competition and venue managers, including technical delegates, in case there are typhoons, cancellations and delays,” added Suzara.

    The weather bureau has warned of heavy rains over Metro Manila and Central Luzon once Tisoy makes landfall either last night or this morning in the Bicol area and exits the Philippines tomorrow.

    Signal No. 2 has been declared over Metro Manila and Pampanga, two areas where most of the events are being contested or set to start either today or tomorrow.

    If Tisoy continues its projected trek across Luzon, it would affect such outdoor sports as baseball, softball, canoe/kayak, golf, beach handball, lawn bowls, petanque, polo, rowing, obstacle race, windsurfing, some events of shooting, beach volleyball and surfing.

    Suzara said managers of the venues, especially outdoor sports, have been advised to put down their tents in advance.

    “Everything’s set, full contingency, all venues. All competition managers, technical delegates are ready,” he said.