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Harry Roque: IATF approval needed for UAAP, NCAA bubbles

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Collegiate leagues such as UAAP and NCAA can jumpstart their season under a bubble format once they secure an approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the collegiate league bubbles must take place in areas under modified general community quarantine.

“Bubble in GCQ or MGCQ area w approval of the IATF,” Roque said in a message to FastBreak.

The UAAP has earlier said that they were eyeing “bubble Season 84” in February, 2022 with three sports in primary consideration namely men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and cheerdance competition.

The UAAP was halted in the second half of Season 82 in early 2019 with the entire country being placed under the strictest enhanced community quarantine.

The league was also forced to cancel the entire Season 83 late last year since the COVID-19 situation has yet to normalize and vaccines were not yet available.