UAAP mulling elims format change for 2nd sem events

THE UAAP announced that all of its second semester sporting events remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a memorandum released yesterday, the league is now looking for alternative format for the collegiate tournaments, which are intended to begin not earlier than May 1 - if the government declares safe to resume classes on April 15.

As Metro Manila is now under “community quarantine” starting today, the stringent social distancing measures prohibit mass gatherings which include sporting events.

The league last played on Monday, when Nazareth School of National University retained the high school boys basketball championship in an empty Filoil Flying V Centre.

UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag and Season 82 president Em Fernandez of Ateneo said that the regular elimination round format for different sporting events are cancelled.

Among those sports which will be affected by the format change are second semester centerpiece sport volleyball, football, baseball, softball and lawn tennis.

These sports are using the double-round elimination format.

Volleyball and football have already started their competitions last March 3 and 5, respectively, while baseball, softball and lawn tennis have yet to begin hostilities.

The league has cancelled the rest of high school competitions, including beach volleyball, which has two match days remaining.

The high school girls basketball tournament has also been called off, with Adamson and University of Santo Tomas declared as co-champions.