Over a year removed from the cancellation of sporting events across the Philippines due to the coronavirus pandemic, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is starting to gain traction for the resumption of its face-to-face competition with the recent vaccine rollout.
“I guess the game-changer would be the vaccine rollouts," league executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag said during the first episode of UAAP Talk.
"All these decisions were made with the premise na wala pang vaccines (that there is no vaccine yet). Now that we have the vaccines, and they are proving to be effective, so maybe it is the game-changer."
The age-old league is aiming for the inoculation of all its student-athletes, which will lead to a future where face-to-face training and sporting events are conducted without concerns related to COVID-19.
Also, as per the amiable executive, the UAAP is hoping to resume discussions with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in a bid to ramp up its preparations for Season 84.
“At the CHED level, approved na kami. With the rollout of the vaccines, it’s safe to say, I guess dadali. Ang tinitignan namin with the vaccines is not just the return to training, but now the return of competition. With the vaccine rollout, mag-iiba yung premise mo e,” Saguisag bared.
(Translation: At the CHED level, we were already approved. With the rollout of the vaccines, it's safe to say, I guess it will be easier. What we're looking at now with the vaccines is not only just the return to training, but now the return to competition. With the vaccine rollout, the premise changes," Saguisag bared.)
As of writing, there is still no definite timetable on when vaccine shots can be administered to student-athletes of the UAAP. In the meantime, the league can only work on the necessary steps to raise the curtains of Season 84 without a hitch.
"The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, so hopefully, talagang matuloy (it continues progressing)," said Saguisag.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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