Updated: 07/09/2014 22:41

Haze contingency plans for SEA Games 2015

Haze contingency plans for SEA Games 2015

The Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee, SINGSOC, is making plans to mitigate the impact of the haze on the Games which takes place in June next year. 

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, says SINGSOC will build in buffers in the competition schedule to allow for the postponement of events if necessary. 

It's also developing a framework to determine whether or not to proceed with events at differing levels of air quality. 

The framework will take reference from the air quality descriptor and public health advisories issued by the National Environment Agency. 

It'll be overseen by a committee comprising representatives from the International and Asian Sports Federations, as well as experts in various fields, such as medical, communications and security. 

Replying to a parliamentary question, Mr Wong says based on this framework, events could be postponed or moved indoors, as the need arises. 

But not all sports can be played indoors and there are limits to how much the competition schedule can be adjusted. 

So, Mr wong says if the bad air quality persists, certain events could be shortened or cancelled.

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