UAAP: Season 83 opening early next year among options

Published June 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Kristel Satumbaga

The UAAP is resigned at the prospect of holding the next season in the first quarter of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic that has affected the sporting world.

The 82nd season of the UAAP formally opens last Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (UAAP Images)
In this file photo, logos of the UAAP universities were displayed on LED during the opening of the 82nd season. (UAAP Images)

While the Board is looking at many options, last season’s President Em Fernandez of Ateneo said opening the 83rd season on the usual athletic calendar in September is far-fetched.

“Malabo na yun,” he said.

UAAP Season 82 President Emmanuel Fernandez. (UAAP Images)
UAAP Season 82 President Emmanuel Fernandez. (UAAP Images)

While the league is a private entity, Fernandez said they are still guided by the provisions of the government regarding the global health crisis.

At the moment, the Inter-Agency Task Force still prohibits contact and team sports, with only swimming, tennis, badminton, golf, equestrian and skateboarding allowed.

The Department of Education also announced that face-to-face classes can begin at Aug. 24 at the earliest, giving a small window of preparation for student-athletes.

Fernandez said it still early for the Board to decide, adding that they are continuously monitoring the situation.

“Right now, our only concern is on how to make it work,” he said. “It’s still early to decide, but so far, all schools are keen on having that schedule (early next year).”

“We are also dependent on what the government says, on what is allowed.”

The global health crisis also affected the second semester of season 82 early this year with its cancellation including centerpiece sport volleyball, which was originally set last February.

Sports are among those hit most by the pandemic, causing events like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be rescheduled next year.

In the local scene, the Philippine Sports Commission cancelled all grassroots program for the remainder of the year.