Subic—Windsurfing in SEA Games Philippines 2019 has been postponed due to typhoon “Tisoy.”
“It will be moved to a date when weather will be clear of typhoon,” said SEA Games Subic Cluster Chairman and lawyer Ramon Agregado Sunday. There is no decision yet on whether sailing competitions will also be re-scheduled.
Typhoon “Tisoy” is expected to make landfall in the Bicol region by late Monday or early Tuesday, bringing maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and 185 kph gusts.
Because of this, PAG-ASA warned of “frequent to continuous heavy rains” in Bicol, Metro Manila, Zambales, Pampanga, Calabarzon, Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Bataan, and Bulacan.
Windsurfing was originally scheduled at the Lighthouse Jetty Area and Subic Bay Yacht Club, respectively from November 28 to December 9.
That original timeframe included practices, weighing and measuring of equipment, and competition proper. Depending on the effects of typhoon “Tisoy,” the two events may have to be postponed to December 5.
“We are anticipating December 5 as the start of the official competition,” said venue manager Julious Macam.
The SEA Games Philippines 2019 is the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial regional multi-sport event which is being held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11 with games from selected sports starting as early as November 24.
This edition is marked by the first major decentralization in the history of the Games, with competition venues spread in 23 cities across the country, divided into four clusters, all located on the island of Luzon (Metro Manila, Clark, Subic/Olongapo, and a fourth cluster consisting of standalone venues).
This will be the Philippines’ fourth time to host the games, and its first since 2005. Previously, it had also hosted the 1981 and 1991 editions of the games. This edition is most notable for being the first edition to include e-sports and obstacle course as well as having the highest number of sports in the history of the games, at a total of 56.