The UAAP may be looking at a possible Southeast Asian Games style of holding its sporting events to fit a condensed schedule but centerpiece sports basketball and volleyball will retain their usual tournament format.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum, UAAP Season 82 president Em Fernandez of Ateneo said that with the current situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the pending the decision of the government to give the green light for sporting events to resume, UAAP Season 83 could open around the first quarter of 2021.
De La Salle University will host the next season.
With this, the UAAP is looking at fitting a full calendar within a limited number of months and one of the options is to hold the season patterned after the SEA Games length of around two weeks.
But Fernandez cleared that spectator team sports basketball and volleyball and other team events will run their tournament using the usual format.
“Right now we’re not planning on tweaking the format,” said Fernandez, who was joined by UAAP Executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag in the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and Go For Gold PH.
“So it would be the same format, double-round robin (eliminations) with a Final Four and Finals,” added Fernandez.
However, under a condensed calendar, basketball and volleyball tournaments will run simultaneously alongside other events.
“The idea to have the school calendar, if possible operationally, to start it in the first quarter of 2021,” said Fernandez. “Para kaming nag-second semester sport all sport ganoon lang naman ang mangyayari.”
In Season 82, basketball completed its tournament in the first semester while volleyball was affected by the cancellation of the season last March.
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