By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Senior Reporter
With the entry in the country of typhoon “Tisoy” coinciding with the early goings of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, organizers have said contingency plans are already in place to assure that the staging of the biennial regional sporting meet will have as little disruption as possible.
Tisoy, which has an international name of “Kammuyri,” is set to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday just in time for the opening ceremonies of the SEA Games at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
The typhoon is expected to hit the Bicol Region, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Samar from Tuesday to Wednesday. Dec. 3 to 4.
Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon are hosting a number of the 56 sports involving 530 events slated for the 2019 SEA Games.
In a media briefing on Friday, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chief operating officer Ramon Suzara shared that competition managers have already put up contingency plans in preparation for the incoming typhoon.
“All competition managers for all sports have prepared contingency plans even without a typhoon. So everything is in place especially for the outdoor sports,” assured Mr. Suzara.
“We have been monitoring the typhoon and hopefully the Games would not be affected hard. But we are ready for this storm,” he added.
Among the moves being readied is the possible transfer of events indoors of outdoor events and changing the format of the events but in accordance with the guidelines of international federations of the concerned sports.