UAAP eyeing to resume action by February 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) — UAAP Season 84 president Nonong Calanog on Wednesday said the league is targeting to resume action by February 2022 after a nearly two-year hiatus.

The basketball competition is being eyed to start by February, while the volleyball tournament is tentatively scheduled after the Holy Week which will end on April 16.

"Our hope is that the approval for return to training will be soon so that we can get them into the bubble by November 1. We have about three and a half months for them to train, to get back in competition shape to be able to start by mid-February," Calanog said during the vaccination drive sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education for student-athletes.

He also announced that all basketball and volleyball athletes of UAAP are fully inoculated against COVID-19, a huge step to getting the green light from government authorities.

"At least for basketball and volleyball, all of our players are already 100 percent fully vaccinated, so they are ready to come back, we're just waiting for the permission for them to return to training," said Calanog from host school De La Salle University.

National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said all student-athletes and staff must be inoculated against COVID-19 before they can conduct face-to-face training.

"Each one of them should be vaccinated first, so they would be really protected. This is a must because one unvaccinated individual will pose a risk to the vaccinated," Galvez added.

The UAAP has canceled its 82nd and 83rd seasons due to health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.