UAAP board cancels Season 82 due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) — The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Board announced on Tuesday the cancellation of the league’s 82nd season.

It is the first time in recent memory that the UAAP cancelled a season.

Emmanuel Fernandez, UAAP Season 82 board president, said in a memo that the cancellation was brought upon by the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

President Rodrigo Duterte extended the island-wide quarantine until April 30.

“The enhanced community quarantine having been extended, the conditions for the resumptions of UAAP Season 82 can no longer be met," Fernandez of host school Ateneo de Manila University said. "As such, it is now deemed cancelled."

The memo was also signed by UAAP Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag.

Initially, the league was looking to implement a new format if the ECQ was lifted by April 14. However, the quarantine extension resulted in classes and other school activities remaining suspended beyond April 15.

Issues arising from the season cancellation will be discussed in the proper time, the memo also read.

Among the sports affected are volleyball, beach volleyball, football, baseball, softball, athletics, lawn tennis, 3x3 basketball, and streetdance.

The league acknowledged people who made the latest season a success despite its cancellation.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our fans, partners, student-athletes, coaches, and all other members of the UAAP community,” the memo said.

In the unofficial tally, the University of Santo Tomas leads the general championship race in both the seniors and juniors division, while De La Salle University came in second place in both divisions.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association also terminated its 95th season last March 19 due to the threats of COVID-19.

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