The ASEAN Para Games re-scheduled to be held from March 20 to 28 has been officially called off due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) confirmed yesterday that the ASEAN Para Federation (APF) had agreed with the recommendation put forth by the PPC.
Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM) secretary First Admiral (Rtd) Dato R. Subramaniam said that they have received official confirmation that the Games has been postponed indefinitely.
No new dates have been fixed but the PPC Mike Barredo, speaking to reporters in Manila, said that it could possibly be held in May or September.
“They will need to give us a minimum of 60-day notice on the new dates. But this has to take into consideration of various issues including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said Subramaniam.
The postponement while expected, may eventually lead to the cancellation of the Games altogether.
The event was to take place at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, Clark in Pampanga and Subic, in some of the venues that were used for the 30th SEA Games last December.
With a portion of the SEA Games Athletes Village in Capas now being used as quarantine site for the overseas Filipino workers who had arrived from Wuhan, it is highly unlikely that the new dates would be held before Tokyo 2020.
There are also still doubts as to whether the Philippines could sort out the budgetary constraints that saw the Games being initially postponed from its January dates.