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UAAP Season 84 to feature nine events, opens on March 26

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines is back after two years of stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UAAP President Emmanuel Calanog announced Friday in a media briefing that the league will have its opening ceremony on March 26 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The league will only have men’s basketball; women’s volleyball; cheerdance; men’s and women’s 3×3; men’s beach volleyball; co-ed event poomsae; and men’s and women’s chess as its events for the season.

“In as much as we wanted to have all the sports played, the current situation made the Board decide to only have the covered sports together with some sports that met our criteria,” shared the season president from La Salle.

“Sports that have few participants and are very short in terms of the play dates.”

Men’s basketball will kick things off on March 26 after a pre-recorded opening ceremony. There is still no venue for the games but Calanog said they are looking at other venues besides the SM Mall of Asia Arena, namely Smart Araneta Coliseum, Filoil Flying V Centre, and Ynares Sports Arena.

The league estimated basketball to finish on May 12 at the maximum, then women’s volleyball will follow.UAAP-82-Volleyball-DLSU-vs.-ADMU-Cobb-0283 UAAP Season 84 to feature nine events, opens on March 26 3x3 Basketball ADMU AdU Beach Volleyball Cheerleading Chess DLSU FEU News NU Taekwondo UAAP UE UP UST Volleyball  - philippine sports news

Meanwhile, UAAP targets all remaining events to start at the end of May to give them more time to prepare.

The officials are also hoping that these latter-May events will not be held in a full bubble setup if the conditions permit.

“Hopefully, if the situation really eases up by that time, we may not need to have a bubble. The farther we play, baka the better the situation,” said Calanog.

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The league also decided to raise the age limit to 27 due to the pandemic. In normal times, the age limit is 25.

De La Salle University is the host for this season with the theme: Fully Alive. Champions for Life!

Also in the press conference are UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag, head of SMART Sports Jude Turcuato, and Cignal TV vice president for content Sienna Olaso.

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