The UAAP is moving towards the “new normal”
UAAP is back to its pre-COVID-19 pandemic days, at least at full throttle.
The league announced yesterday that it will have a full schedule for its 85th season – 60 events across 21 sports – which kicks off October 1 with the centerpiece of the Cage Wars.
“As far as the UAAP is concerned, all the pre-pandemic events will be organized,” said the UAAP president, Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, of host Adamson University, said on the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s online forum.
“Now we are back and full of life,” he added.
Defending champions University of the Philippines take on La Salle in the game to kick off the league’s second straight season this year at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Soaring Falcons take on the University of Santo Tomas in the other game.
Implementing strict health and safety protocols, UAAP held its 84th season last March with limited events such as men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s 3×3, men’s and women’s chess, poomsae and beach volleyball.
Besides basketball, which includes 3×3 and the boys’ side, badminton, chess, table tennis, beach volleyball, swimming, athletics, dance, judo, taekwondo, football, volleyball, fencing, softball, baseball are also ready to return. , football, tennis and street dancing.
Executive Director of the Atty League. Rebo Saguisag said the UAAP will not lower its guard.
“But the protocols will still be there (like weekly testing). Each venue will have its own requirements,” Saguisag said in the weekly public sports program supported by San Miguel Corp., Milo, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Amelie Hotel Manila and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
“The customer section will be open pero hindi pa todo. The area behind the bench will remain restricted. Surrounded by pad din para, there is no contact with the players. The health of student-athletes is always paramount,” Saguisag said.
Basketball venues like MOA Arena and Smart Araneta Coliseum will still impose certain restrictions.
To make way for Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the fifth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers in November, UAAP will follow a strict schedule, with double headers on Saturdays and Sundays and quadruple headers on Wednesdays.