MANILA, Philippines—The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is eyeing to resume the basketball and volleyball tournaments by February 2022.
UAAP Season 84 president Nonong Calanog on Wednesday (October 20) reported that all basketball and volleyball athletes of UAAP have been fully vaccinated. The league is looking to begin sports training by November to prepare for the competition next year.
“That’s why November, December, January we have about three and a half month for them to train to get back to competition to be able to start on February. Ang volleyball naman, ang target namin doon. is after Holy Week […] more or less that’s the schedule and of course what the government will allow at that time,” he said.
Calanog said they are currently conducting retrofitting and adjustment in their sports facilities.
According to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Prospero De Vera III, the agency is preparing guidelines for sports activities and student athletes as quarantine classifications continue to ease amid the decline in new COVID-19 cases.
“Ngayong marami na ang bakuna mababa-vaccinate na ang mga studyante, mga athletes, the only thing we have to do is to tweak the guidelines given these circumstances now,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 are aiming to boost the vaccination program for students and teachers. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)