By Kristel Satumbaga

Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino is confident the country can breach the 100-gold medal mark in the 30th Southeast Asian Games after a strong start in the opening day Sunday.

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Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Bambol Tolentino speaks at the send-off of athletes for the 30th SEA Games at the Rizal Stadium last November 13. (MB Photo / Alvin Kasiban)

The PH team already reaped 23 gold medals on the first day alone, banking on the 10-gold medal haul in dancesport and four from arnis.

“There’s the adrenaline, momentum. 100-plus (gold medals) is doable,” Tolentino said in Monday’s press briefing.

At press time, the country already surpassed its 24-gold medal performance at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur edition with victories from John Derrick Farr and Lea Denis Belgira in cycling’s downhill event, and Monica Torres in women’s duathlon.

This year’s edition stakes 530 gold medals from 56 events.

Meanwhile, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara assured they had contingency and monitoring plans despite threats of typhoon Tisoy.

Sporting events will continue as scheduled even without spectators as long as the technical officials and the athletes are ready.

“Wala namang problema yung hangin kasi magiging normal din agad yon kapag umalis ang bagyo. May delays of 1 to 2 days pero we have placed our contingency,” Suzara said regarding concerns on water events like windsurfing and sailing in La Union.

He added they have already instructed competition managers to follow the Games’ operating policy on such situations.

“Everything is set for contingency. We’re monitoring it. There’s possible realignment, but not too much delay. What is important is the safety of the athletes and spectators,” Suzara said.

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