Fans would have to wait a bit more before seeing their favorite collegiate volleyball teams back in action.
This, as the UAAP Board decided to postpone all sports events including the men’s and women’s volleyball tournaments of the ongoing Season 82 starting February 15, Saturday, as a precaution to the novel-coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) outbreak.
In a statement co-signed by UAAP President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Rene Saguisag, Jr. on Wednesday, the League said this is to ensure the “well-being, health and safety of the League’s community – players, coaches, students, their families and fans in general”.
The decision to postpone the events until further notice was made unanimous by the Board of Trustees and Board of Managing Directors on Tuesday after the press conference for second-semester events.
“In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UAAP, after thorough deliberation by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Managing Directors, have come to a decision to postpone all sporting events starting Saturday, 15 February.”
This was also in compliance with the guidelines set by DepEd, CHED, and DOH to ‘avoid attending, participating in, and organizing events that draw a huge number of attendees’.
A day after saying “we are prepared to face this situation” in light of the novel coronavirus, the UAAP Board decided to postpone “all sporting events” beginning Saturday. | @FOXSports_PH pic.twitter.com/hABkENiLYP
— Antoine (@anton_FOXPH) February 12, 2020
With this, the kickoff weekend of the centerpiece second-semester sport volleyball will be moved at a later date.
Affected events also include the ongoing junior division beach volleyball and basketball and the opening of football (February 16), softball (February 17), baseball (February 19), athletics (February 19-23), and judo (last week of February).
“The UAAP will be closely monitoring the country’s situation in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak in order to determine the resumption of the games. We ask for your understanding and your prayers for the safety of our community, our nation and all countries affected by this outbreak.”
As of writing time, there have been 3 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in the Philippines. All three are imported cases as the patients hailed from China.
There is no local transmission in the country yet, as confirmed by Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, but the probing of patients continues with 408 patients already tested as of today.