UAAP Board postpones all Season 82 events starting Feb. 15

Mark Escarlote on Feb 12, 2020 03:58 PM
UAAP Board postpones all Season 82 events starting Feb. 15
All sports events in the UAAP Season 82 will be postponed until further notice.

The UAAP Board has decided to postpone all sports events starting Saturday, February 15, in light of the outbreak of the novel-coronavirus (2019 n-CoV).

Considering the safety and welfare of the teams, players, officials and fans, the league annouced on Wednesday the suspension of all competitions until further notice.

"The University Athletic Association of the Philippines upholds, in the highest regard, the well- being, health and safety of the League’s community- players, coaches, students, their families and fans in general," said the league's statement co-signed by UAAP President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Rene Saguisag, Jr.

"In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UAAP, after thorough deliberation by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Managing Directors, have come to a decision to postpone all sporting events starting Saturday, 15 February."

Affected events are the ongoing high school beach volleyball playoffs, high school basketball (girls’ elims, boys’ semis) and the opening of football, softball, baseball, athletics, judo and the centerpiece second semester sport volleyball.    

The resumption of ongoing events and opening of other sports will be announced at a later date.

Both the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education have released their guidelines and information campaign in response to growing concerns over the N-CoV following the recent recommendation by the Department of Health. 

The DepEd and CHED guidelines include to follow the recent recommendation by the DOH to 'avoid attending, participating in, and organizing events that draw a huge number of attendees'. 

With this, the league is calling for everyone to stay safe and pray for the safety of the country.

"The UAAP will be closely monitoring the country’s situation in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak in order to determine the resumption of the games," the statement continued.

"We ask for your understanding and your prayers for the safety of our community, our nation and all countries affected by this outbreak."

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