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FALSE: UAAP Season 84 opens on September 8, 2021

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FALSE: UAAP Season 84 opens on September 8, 2021
UAAP's executive director says Season 84 may push through ‘sometime next year.’ As of August 2021, only bubble-type training and competitions are allowed in the Philippines.
At a glance
  • Claim: The opening of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 84 will be held on September 8, 2021.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: In episode 2 of UAAP Talk uploaded on July 16, Rebo Saguisag, the league’s executive director, said he was hopeful that Season 84 would be staged “sometime next year.” As of August 2021, only athletic bubble-type training and competitions are allowed in areas under general community quarantine and modified GCQ. Metro Manila is still under modified enhanced community quarantine until September 7. 
  • Why we fact-checked this: At least four accounts and pages on Facebook shared the claim. The posts have gained 586 reactions, 71 comments, and 602 shares combined, as of writing.
Complete details

At least four posts from Facebook accounts and pages falsely claim that the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 84 opening will be held on September 8, 2021. The posts were shared as early as Wednesday, August 25.

As of writing, the posts have gained 586 reactions, 71 comments, and 602 shares combined.

This claim is false.

In episode 2 of UAAP Talk uploaded on the official Facebook page of the UAAP on July 16, UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag said he was hopeful that Season 84 would be staged “sometime next year.” This is the latest episode uploaded, as of writing.

“I guess we can say that we were even more determined and positive. A little more confident to state that Season 84 might happen sometime next year. I mean the calendar year in 2022,” Saguisag said.

De La Salle University, the host for Season 84, was supposed to ramp up its preparations at the start of the year, but the rise in COVID-19 cases had stopped sports-related talks with the government. In May, however, Saguisag called the nationwide vaccine rollout a “game-changer.”

A joint administrative order issued by the Philippine Sports Commission, the Games and Amusement Board, and the Department of Health says that only athletic bubble-type training and competitions are allowed, but only in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.

Malacañang announced on Saturday, August 28, that Metro Manila would remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until September 7. This is the second strictest quarantine measure in the Philippines.

Since 2020, the omnibus guidelines on the implementation of community quarantine of the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases have only allowed certain non-contact sports in areas under lockdown. – Owenh Toledo/Rappler.com

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