UAAP coaches willing to wait
Bo Perasol
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UAAP coaches willing to wait

John Bryan Ulanday (The Philippine Star) - May 5, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — UP Maroons mentor Bo Perasol and NU Lady Bullpups coach Pat Aquino threw their support to the UAAP as the country’s No. 1 collegiate league considers delaying the 83rd season to early next year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking at the “bigger picture,” which is the health and safety of everyone, there should be no problem with the wait for the said tacticians with the current situation going way beyond sports and games.

“All of the UAAP stakeholders are most probably one in mind that the safety of everyone is primordial to all of us,” Perasol yesterday told The STAR.

“Whether we start the next season late this year or early next year, or even anytime after that, we all have to consider the health and well-being of all.”

Last week, UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag mentioned the possibility of the 83rd UAAP Season being dragged all the way to January, instead of its traditional September start, depending on government advisory.

The possibility did not surprise Aquino as much as he would want to get back into action right away in a bid to extend their incredible 96-game winning streak and six-peat reign in women’s basketball.

“But when I heard the news about PSC’s decision to cancel all scheduled national competitions this year, I was already expecting that the UAAP could go the same route, especially if there is still no vaccine,” he said.

“Like any other athlete or coach, I am just as sad as them knowing we cannot compete this season. But I believe that we just have to look at the bigger picture.”

As it stands, opening the UAAP anytime soon is a longshot even if the NCR gets placed under a more lenient general community quarantine (GCQ) since sports-related mass gatherings as well as the re-opening of gyms, fitness studios and sports facilities would still be prohibited.

As a school-based institution and not just a commercial league, the opening of classes could also play a factor to the season opener, according to Saguisag, making it a domino-like dilemma for the UAAP.

Ironing out solutions for this in a hurry, however, is not an option as Perasol believes everything would fall into place in due time.

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