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UAAP eyes to return in 2022

October 21, 2021 - Thursday 2:10 PM by GDM

Article Banner Image Photo courtesy of Prof Popoy De Vera FB PAGE

The UAAP is taking concrete steps in ensuring the health and safety of their student-athletes, as the collegiate league aims to return to action for Season 84 in the first quarter of 2022.

All basketball and volleyball players received their COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday, October 20, which was sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

"As for our basketball and volleyball, all of our players are 100% fully vaccinated. They're ready to come back. We’re just waiting for the permission for them to return to training,” UAAP Season 84 president Nonong Calanog of La Salle said.

"Our hope is that the approval for return to training will be soon so that we can get them back into training by November 1. We have three and a half months for them to train to get back in competition shape to be able to start by mid-February,” he added.

All teams will be given three months of training and preparation before the planned mid-February opening for UAAP Season 84 men's basketball competition.

On the other hand, the seniors volleyball tournaments are set to take place after the Holy Week break, which would be mid-April.

CHED said that they have been in constant communication with the UAAP, the NCAA, and the Department of Health since last year regarding the return of collegiate competition.

Now that all of its student-athletes are fully vaccinated, it will be much easier for the guidelines to be tweaked for the league to return to competition.

“The only thing we have to do is to tweak the guidelines given the circumstances. We’re not starting from scratch,” said CHED chairman Prospero de Vera III.

“It should be easy to put it [together], but the bottom line is must vaccinate the student-athletes and the rest of the education stakeholders. That’s what is non-negotiable. But if everyone is vaccinated, it will be easy to adjust the guidelines."