After NCAA terminates season, UAAP remains in status quo

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2020 05:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The UAAP remains in status quo as of Monday, even after the NCAA officially terminated its 95th season last week, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCAA's Policy Board last Thursday formally declared a termination of all its events, keeping in mind the safety of its athletes, fans, and officials. The league's activities had been repeatedly interrupted by the pandemic, with all competitions being suspended on March 9. 

In response, UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag assured that the UAAP remains in "status quo."

That is, the league is operating under the same conditions expressed in its memorandum released last March 14.

In that memo, the UAAP officially cancelled its ongoing events in high school, while also cancelling the collegiate tournaments in its current format.

The UAAP collegiate tournaments will resume if the government deems it safe to resume classes by April 15 and lifts the prohibitions on mass gatherings. In that scenario, the UAAP will work towards alternative formats of competition, which will begin no earlier than May 1.

"Same conditions," Saguisag said in a text message to ABS-CBN News. "If classes resume April 15 and sporting events not otherwise prohibited by the government, we resume no earlier than May 1."

Collegiate events that were stopped include the men's and women's volleyball tournaments and the men's football tournaments. Yet to begin are the women's football tournament, baseball, softball, athletics, lawn tennis, and 3x3 basketball.

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