UAAP cancels Season 83, cites ‘health, safety’ of student-athletes

The UAAP announced it was cancelling Season 83.

The league said, “The UAAP board of trustees came to this difficult decision, putting major consideration on the health and safety of the student-athletes and those involved in the operations of our competitions.”

The UAAP hasn’t called off an entire season since World War 2 until this year, when COVID-19 hit. The UAAP cut short Season 82 on April 4, after the government extended a strict, Luzon-wide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Student-athletes participated in philanthropic efforts, following the cancellation of sports activities.

But as virus cases tapered off and several professional leagues restarted, there were talks between government and sports organizations that amateur competitions could follow suit.

The sticking point though was it was difficult to justify running school leagues if in-room classes were yet prohibited and university and college operations remained limited.


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