Organisers will bear stranded athletes’ costs


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  • Thursday, 05 Dec 2019

THE Philippines SEA Games Organising Committee (PHISGOC) will bear the added costs of athletes who are unable to return home following the flight delays due to Typhoon Tisoy.

Malaysia’s chef de mission Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin said the organisers have agreed to bear the additional costs for accommodation and food.

He also confirmed that athletes who have yet to arrive in the Philippines for the Games will be flying out from Malaysia by today, as soon as the local authorities open the Ninoy Aquino International Airport here for operations.

“We’ve discussed with the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on arrangements to bring our athletes here as soon as we have the clearance from the authorities when the (flight) conditions are safe. There is a possibility for MAS to use larger aircraft to accommodate more passengers.

“MAS will also not impose any charges as we are not cancelling our flights, but because they were delayed due to unfavourable weather conditions, ” he said when met during the gymnastics competition at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum yesterday.

Among the athletes who were unable to fly out from Kuala Lumpur as a result of cancellations were those from the diving, athletics, rhythmic gymnastics and eSports.

Yesterday, PHISGOC made the decision to postpone to new dates several events including beach volleyball, canoe-kayak, muay thai, pencak silat, pentathlon and windsurfing, all of which were supposed to be contested around Clark and Subic yesterday. – Bernama

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