ASEAN Para Games: Schedule may be changed if haze persists

The New Paper

Organisers of the ASEAN Para Games (APG) are prepared to amend their competition schedule if the haze hits "untenable" levels in December.

Reports emerged yesterday that the haze, caused by forest fires in Indonesia, may last until early next year.

This means that the APG, to be held here from Dec 3 to Dec 9, may be affected, as did other sporting events here this year, such as the Fina Swimming World Cup.

"When haze levels reach untenable levels for the athletes to continue competing in the outdoor venues we will see a postponement where possible," said Games organising chairman Lim Teck Yin on the sidelines of the APG opening ceremony media preview at the Kallang Theatre yesterday.

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"We will also see if we need to extend the competition hours or amend the competition format.

"This decision will have to be taken in consultation with the technical delegates, competition managers and team managers."

Five of the 15 APG sports here are at risk as they will be held in outdoor or naturally ventilated venues - archery (Kallang Cricket Field), athletics and cerebral palsy football (National Stadium), sailing (Marina Bay) and swimming (OCBC Aquatic Centre).

But Lim believes that the haze will not get in the way of letting the athletes shine at the APG.

He said: "I think when you see the spirit of our para-athletes, you will know that we will find some way to overcome whatever challenges that haze may present."


This article was first published on October 21, 2015.
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