Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

DLSU

Vaccine rollout a ‘game-changer’ for UAAP Season 84 prep

The build-up for UAAP Season 84 officially begins on June 1.

And De La Salle University and the rest of the league are optimistic — albeit cautiously — that the league can officially restart early next year.

Besides laying out the groundwork for the multi-sport varsity tournament, the league is prioritizing the education of its student-athletes regarding COVID-19 inoculation.

“The game-changer here is the vaccines.

“I personally have received my two doses. Education with regards to vaccination is one of the focuses of our webinars with our team captains, so that we can encourage our athletes to be vaccinated. It will be the one that will make sure our athletes can compete in Season 84,” said UAAP Season 83 president Emmanuel Calanog during the first episode of UAAP Talk.

The league is pushing for the vaccination of all its student-athletes— an estimated 4,000 participants in all.

Inoculation will also lead to the student-athletes getting to train face-to-face.

League executive director Rebo Saguisag revealed that the Commission on Higher Education already approved the return to training for collegiate sports. Their proposal was also ready for transmission to the Inter-agency Task Force. However, the rise of COVID-19 cases has postponed all plans for training.

With the vaccine rollout, Saguisag, who is also part of the Technical Working Group, looks to amend the protocols and include the return of competition.

“Technically the protocols as discussed at that time were approved at the CHED level already. But the vaccines only came in February. We were discussing with ED to get back to CHED and discuss with them changes to the protocols once the vaccines arrive,” said Calanog.

#ReadMore  PVL remains committed to ABS-CBN as Open Conference to be held behind closed-doors

“At the CHED level, approved na kami. With the rollout of the vaccines, it’s safe to say, I guess dadali. Ang tinitignan namin with the vaccines is not just the return to training, but now the return of competition. With the vaccine rollout, mag-iiba yung premise mo e,” continued Saguisag.

“Of course, nothing has been approved by the IATF but that is the game-changer.”

Saguisag emphasized that any vaccinated individual can still transmit COVID-19. Getting vaccinated, however, will exponentially decrease the spreading of the virus and its effects.

Besides this, the league and its new TV partner Cignal have much in store for the sporting community, beginning Tuesday.

“By June 1, we are starting with Season 84. We will have some surprises, including Cignal TV. All of our fans will be waiting for those surprises,” said Calanog.

Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

2020 Tokyo Olympics

The tune-up match between Gilas Pilipinas and Team Dragon (China) on Wednesday will be treated as a real game. Table officials and Samahang Basketbol...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Carl Tamayo was one of the 13 Gilas players training inside the AUF Sports & Cultural Gym in Pampanga, Tuesday morning. He was still...

DOTA 2

Almost a year of preparation was put to waste as the Swedish government denied Valve’s request to reclassify The International 10 as an elite...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

After a day off, Gilas Pilipinas returned to the AUF Sports & Cultural Center Tuesday morning with 13 men. Jaydee Tungcab was the second...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Isaac Go feels extremely proud that Gilas Pilipinas managed to defy the odds when it beat South Korea twice in the 2021 FIBA Asia...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Jordan Heading couldn’t be happier that he and Gilas Pilipinas made an entire nation proud following a successful campaign in the recently-concluded 2021 FIBA...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Javi Gómez de Liaño will not be part of Gilas Pilipinas tune-up games against China this week. The 6-foot-5 winger has been cut from...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Like the majority of the seven teams that competed in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers’ Clark window, Chinese-Taipei brought a young team to...

Advertisement