Perasol backs UAAP decision to scrap season

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    UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol is not a fan of A.E. Housman.

    He doesn’t want an athlete to die young.

    “Although they’re all excited to resume doing what they all love to do, they all understand that the safety and health of everyone involved are primordial at this time,” Perasol told Malaya-Business Insight.

    “I’ve always been on the side of caution. If we cannot assure the safety of our student athletes, coaches, administrators, media, and staff in opening the season, why force it?

    One infected person is one too many at this time of uncertainty,” he added.

    With an end to the country’s killer pandemic woes nowhere in sight, Perasol is convinced the UAAP made the right decision when it cancelled its 83rd season last Dec. 12, the first time the league cancelled a season since World War II from 1941 to 1946.

    “The highest governing body of the UAAP has already decided. I have no doubt they only had the best interest and safety of everyone in mind when they made this decision,” Perasol said.

    “In due time, I’m sure, we will all need some clarity on the rules which are going to be amended and those which are going to stay.”

    The league scrapped the remainder of the 82nd season last April at the start of the government-imposed lockdown to stem the contagion and initially planned last June to have a full calendar next year.

    UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag said if the return to training of collegiate squads gets the green light from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases this month and a tournament approval will follow, the league intends to launch its new season, set to be hosted by La Salle, in April 2021 under a bubble-set up and possibly with only the centerpiece sports such as basketball and volleyball.

    All those plans, however, did not push through.