THE UAAP 83rd season kicking off after Easter Sunday next year is a possibility.
Speaking on Radyo5 92.3 News FM’s Power and Play program hosted by former PBA commissioner Noli Eala last Saturday, UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag said that among the options of the league is an April 2021 opening under a bubble set-up.
“Kung ma-approve ang training, hopefully we start our trainings by January after the Christmas break,” Saguisag said.
“The teams will need two to three months to prepare and after Easter Sunday on April 4, hopefully if all goes well, we’re looking at starting the season by April in a bubble scenario,” he added.
The UAAP also reiterated its earlier stand of “no face-to-face classes, no games.”
Saguisag added the league can also call off the season, but the Board of Trustees is working hard to salvage the season.
“Gusto nating matuloy, but we also know na mas importante ang mga bata. Laging may nagtatanong sa akin kung kailan ang UAAP pero ang sagot ko, may pasok na ba?” Saguisag said.
“We continue to monitor international and national events and look at the data and the science, we continue to coordinate with the proper government agencies to still salvage the season more or less. Of course, the UAAP Board of Trustees has to pass a resolution, but for anything to happen between now and 2020, mukhang malabo na.”
The league earlier announced that it intends to have a complete slate in its new season set to be hosted by La Salle.
Holding the season on a bubble, however, might change the plan, according to Saguisag, with only the centerpiece sports such as basketball and volleyball likely to be played.
“We’re all about equality in sports, kaya lang siyempre with our partners, we also have to consider iyong commercial side. Unfortunately, when you talk about that, talagang iyong flagship events ang napag-uusapan. Iyan ang mga tinitimbang namin,” he said. “Hindi pa sinasabing tuloy, pero iyan ang pinag-aaralan.”
Saguisag also said the league will tackle former UST coach Aldin Ayo’s appeal for consideration of his indefinite suspension in due time.