For the safety of the players as well as their expensive horses, competitions in the 0-2 goals division of polo in the 30th SEA Games at the Miguel Romero Polo Field in Calatagan, Batangas were postponed for the second straight day.
Due to heavy rains brought about by typhoon “Tisoy” on Tuesday, organizers have to insure the playing field is restored to its “finest” condition to guarantee the safety of everybody and provide a perfect venue for what could be a “battle royale” among gentlemen riding in elegant horses.
The Philippines — composed of Jose Antonio Veloso, Noel Vecinal, Benjamin Eusebio, Julian Garcia, Franchesca Nicole Eusebio, Stefano Juban and Rep. Mikee Romero — was to meet Malaysia in an early showdown of the favorites.
“Nakakapanghinayang since everybody is ready and excited to play na sana but we have to follow the recommendation of the officials. This is for our satefy,” said Romero.
Also postponed was the match between Indonesia and Singapore.
Weather-permitting, the Indonesia-Brunei match will be played at 12:30 p.m. before the Nationals collide with the Malaysians at 3 p.m.
The next game will be played on Friday then take a break on Saturday before resuming on Sunday.
The battle for the bragging rights for the premier polo nation is set on Monday.
Malaysia took first of two golds up in the oldest recorded team sport on Sunday by topping the 4-6 goals division.