UAAP 84th season hanging in the air

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    IT seems the fate of the UAAP 84th season is hanging in the air, for now.

    After scrapping its 83rd season due to the health risks and uncertainties brought about by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic last December, league executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the UAAP is eyeing to launch its new season in September if and when it gets the green light from the government.

    That plan appears to have dimmed with the huge surge in coronavirus infections in Metro Manila.

    Saguisag could not be reached for comment yesterday but a highly-reliable UAAP insider told Malaya-Business Insight the league is taking a wait-and-see approach.

    “No updates yet,” the insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a short chat.

    The cancellation of the 83rd season marked the first time the UAAP called off a season since World War II from 1941 to 1946.

    The league also cancelled the remainder of the 82nd season in April last year at the start of the government-imposed lockdown to stem the spread of the lethal virus and initially planned to have a full calendar in the 83rd season.

    Among the sports that were scrapped in the 82nd season were the much-awaited women’s volleyball tourney, football, baseball, softball, athletics, lawn tennis, and 3×3 basketball.

    The Commission on Higher Education released the safety and health guidelines for the resumption of varsity training last October.

    Nearly five months after, the collegiate leagues are still waiting for the go-signal from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

    In December last year, the Philippine Sports Commission also crafted guidelines for the conduct of collegiate tournaments.

    The league inked a five-and-a-half year deal with Cignal TV last October.