UAAP suspended due to Metro Manila coronavirus threat

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UAAP suspended due to Metro Manila coronavirus threat

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All UAAP Season 82 games are suspended as President Duterte declares a state of public health emergency

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – All UAAP Season 82 games until March 17 are suspended, league president Emmanuel T. Fernandez and executive director Rebo Saguisag announced on Tuesday, March 10. 

Earlier Tuesday, the league only announced the suspension of games happening from March 10 to 14. 

However, an extension was given for every member of the community ample time to adjust to the current situation regarding the coronavirus.

The league is taking things day-by-day and will have another announcement regarding the future of UAAP Season 82 on Monday, March 16.

Volleyball, football, softball, baseball, and high school girls’ basketball are the events affected. 

The suspension was made in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to suspend classes in all levels this week over the coronavirus threat in the Philippines. 

This is the second time that the league’s games were postponed, as the volleyball tournament – which was slated to open on February 15 – kicked off on Tuesday, March 3, instead. (READ: UAAP Season 82 volleyball postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus threat)

On Monday, March 9, the UAAP juniors basketball finals games for both the boys and girls divisions were held behind closed doors as a preventive measure against the spiking coronavirus cases in the Philippines. 

The National University (NU) Bullpups duplicated the feat achieved by the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the NU Lady Bulldogs with a 16-0 sweep of the boys basketball tournament. 

The NCAA, likewise, suspended the league indefinitely while the Palarong Pambasa, which was set to be hosted by Marikina City in May, has also been postponed.

As of Monday night, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines have reached 24. These include one death – a Chinese tourist – which was the first fatality to be recorded outside of China.

Worldwide, the death toll has exceeded 3,800, while more than 109,000 people have been infected in over 100 countries. – Rappler.com 

 

 

 

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.