UAAP Season 82: Volleyball tournament to continue as scheduled

Mark Escarlote on Mar 08, 2020 08:06 PM
UAAP 82: Volleyball tournament to continue as scheduled
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Action in the UAAP Season 82 volleyball will continue as scheduled.

League Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag announced on Sunday that UAAP high school basketball events on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan will be played behind closed door in light of the recent development of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.

However, Saguisag cleared that the announcement is limited only to the boys’ and girls’ Finals Game 2. The other ongoing sports including the centerpiece volleyball will continue to be played as scheduled with games open for live audience.       

“As we speak tuloy tayo,” said Saguisag. “But again I don’t want to be misquoted again kasi talagang things develop hindi nga by the day eh, by the second new things are coming out.”

“We just have to respond, sadly, its unprecedented. We don’t even know how this virus really behaves. We just have to act accordingly,” he added.

Saguisag continued that the UAAP is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will just wait for the official announcement from the government to decide on their further action.

On Saturday, the Department of Health has raised COVID-19 alert to Code Red and has recommended to the President the declaration on public health emergency.  

“’Pag nag-declare naman ang national government may force majeure, what can we do? We cannot disobey the orders of the President,” he said. “So if they declare it bukas agad without yung enough due consultation, which they don’t need to do because of the code red, we have to follow. Gobyerno na yan eh, especially, national government.”

Again, Saguisag stressed that they are taking the situation day-to-day.

“Ang akin naman ‘wag nating pangunahan. For all we know, baka naman sabihin we just have to observe the following precautionary measures, baka naman matuloy,” said Saguisag. “So as we speak tuloy. That’s why the announcement was limited to tomorrow’s event.”

The UAAP last month suspended its sporting events that pushed the opening of volleyball from February 15 to March 3.



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