A SEASON in a bubble or wait for a vaccine?
If he would be asked, University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol is convinced holding the UAAP 83rd season in a bubble like the pros is the best and safest way amid the lingering health threat and uncertainties brought about by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
“If we will push for the UAAP to start, to hold it in a bubble will be the best place to have it done,” Perasol told Malaya-Business Insight.
“That’s the safest way to do it with precedence. Unless, we will have to go with the ‘no vaccine, no opening’ thought,” he added.
One coach of a men’s basketball squad told Malaya-Business Insight that from what he heard, the league’s new season in a bubble next year, set to be hosted by La Salle, is an option. The UAAP has yet to confirm or deny this.
The Commission on Higher Education last Oct. 26 released the safety and proper health guidelines for the resumption of collegiate team practice, but it will be limited to workouts and physical conditioning. Actual games need a green-light from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
With his wards raring to go back to the gym, Perasol understandably welcomed the release of guidelines.
“That’s good news. We’ve all been looking forward to that,” Perasol said. “Yes, we need to draft our own safety protocols for that training.”
The UAAP intends to launch its new season early next year.
The Fighting Maroons are expected to lean on the likes of star forward Kobe Paras, former MVP Bright Akhuetie, and high-flying wingman Ricci Rivero, while former Nazareth School of National University standouts Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano, La Salle Greenhills gunner RC Calimag, Xavier’s Miguel Tan, Fil-Am guard Sam Dowd, Fil-Canadians Alonso Tan and Anton Eusebio, and Fil-Australian Ethan Kirkness should be big additions to the squad.