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UAAP postpones all sporting events starting February 15

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The University Athletic Association of the Philippines just announced that all sporting events starting on Saturday, February 15, will be postponed to a later date light of the novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) outbreak.

The notice of delaying the events until further notice was made on Wendensday to ensure the safety and welfare of all the teams, players, officials and fans.

“The University Athletic Association of the Philippines upholds, in the highest regard, the well- being, health and safety of the League’s community- players, coaches, students, their families and fans in general,” written in the league’s statement co-signed by UAAP President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Rene Saguisag, Jr.

“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.”

All second semester events will be affected like high school beach volleyball playoffs, high school basketball (girls’ elims and boys’ semis) and the opening of football, softball, baseball, athletics, judo, and of course volleyball.

The decision to move all events in the later date was done with the compliance and advisories of both Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

The DepEd and CHED guidelines regarding the nCoV scare was based on the recommendation by the Department of Health — which is to ‘avoid attending, participating in, and organizing events that draw a huge number of attendees’.

Nonetheless, the league is calling for everyone to stay safe and pray for the safety of the country.

“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,” the statement continued.

“We ask for your understanding and your prayers for the safety of our community, our nation and all countries affected by this outbreak.”