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UAAP looks to have full calendar for Season 85

UAAP Season 85 comes off the wraps on Oct. 1 with a traditional double-header in men’s basketball featuring reigning champion University of the Philippines against La Salle at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The other game pitting host Adamson against Santo Tomas will usher in the season where the UAAP finally returns to a full calendar more than two years into the pandemic.

Basketball games on Oct. 2 will feature University of the East vs National University and Ateneo vs Far Eastern University.

Amid strict protocols, the UAAP staged Season 84 last March with only a handful of events, including men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s 3×3, men’s and women’s chess, poomsae, and beach volleyball.

The opening ceremony will be pre-recorded and will be aired by Cignal TV along with the rest of the games.

Under the “better normal” as described by UAAP president Fr. Aldrin Suan of the host school and executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag, the UAAP will “Rise as One” by staging 60 events in 21 sports.

“Now, we are back and full of life,” Fr. Suan said during Tuesday’s online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.

Aside from basketball, which includes 3×3 and the boys’ side, also on tap are badminton, chess, table tennis, beach volley, swimming, athletics, cheer dance, judo, taekwondo, football, volleyball, fencing, softball, baseball, football, tennis and street dance.

“But the protocols will still be there (like weekly testing). Every venue will have its own requirements,” said Saguisag, adding that basketball venues like the MOA Arena and Araneta Coliseum will still impose certain restrictions.

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“The patron section will be opened pero hindi pa todo. The area behind the bench will remain restricted. Cordoned off pa din para there is no contact with the players. The health of student athletes is still paramount,” he said.

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