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Organisers developing game plan if haze disrupts SEA Games

Published on Jul 10, 2014 8:52 AM
The haze shrouding the Singapore skyline, as viewed from the skybridge at Pinnacle @Duxton last month. The SEA Games will take place from June 5 to 16 next year, during the annual dry spell between June and October, when haze has typically been an issue. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING

In case the haze returns next year when Singapore hosts the SEA Games, organisers are making contingency plans to build in buffers in the competition schedule to postpone some events or move them indoors.

The Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee is developing a set of criteria to guide these decisions at different air quality levels, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong in Parliament yesterday.

This framework will refer to the air quality reports and public health advisories issued by the National Environment Agency, and will be overseen by sports representatives and experts in fields such as medical and security, he said.

"Based on this framework, we will postpone events or move them indoors, as and when the need arises," said Mr Wong.

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