UAAP working on alternative formats for collegiate events

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 14, 2020 07:20 PM
 UAAP working on alternative formats for collegiate events
UAAP President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag co-signed a UAAP memo declaring the current collegiate tournament formats cancelled. (Arvin Lim)

With the National Capital Region placed under Public Health Emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has declared the current format collegiate tournaments cancelled.

This is due to the stringent social distancing measures being implemented from March 15 to April 14, 2020 which prohibits mass gatherings such as "sporting events and other entertainment activities".

Classes at all levels have also been suspended until April 14, 2020.

The collegiate tournaments will only resume if the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020 and does not prohibit mass gatherings.

If so, the league will work toward alternative formats of competition, to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.  

"We will continue to coordinate with lead government agencies to determine the protocols for the safety of everyone in or connected with the UAAP community," read the statement co-signed by UAAP President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag.

Collegiate events that have stopped are the women's and men's volleyball tournaments and the men's football tournament.

Currently, National University sits atop the women's volleyball standings with a 2-0 slate. De La Salle University sits at second with a 1-0 record. University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines are 1-1. Adamson is 0-1, while University of the East is 0-2.

For the men's side, NU and FEU are on top with 2-0 records. UP, Ateneo, and UE are 1-1. La Salle and Adamson are 0-1, while UST is at 0-2.

In Men's Football, Ateneo, FEU, La Salle, and UP are on top of the table with four points each. UE and UST hold three points while Adamson and NU have yet to notch a point.

Yet to begin are the women's football tournament, baseball, softball, athletics, lawn tennis, and 3x3 basketball.

"The UAAP intends to do the greater good for the greater number, without disregarding the hard work of its coaches and student-athletes. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this most trying of times."

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