THE UAAP is expected to tackle in its board meeting on Wednesday the call of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan for collegiate leagues to suspend play during the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia Championship in August.
UAAP secretary treasurer Junel Baculi of National University said the league expects to have a stand on the matter once the board convenes.
“We will discuss this sa UAAP board meeting. Stakeholder din ang UAAP sa SBP,” Baculi said in an SMS message to Spin.ph.
“I will mention it in Wednesday’s board meeting,” said Baculi, who is also the head coach of Globalport in the PBA.
Fiba-Asia had recently moved its annual championships from Lebanon to Manila due to the recent tension in the whole West Asia.
During a press conference announcing Manila’s hosting of the event last Friday, Pangilinan said that he will ask the UAAP and the NCAA to suspend play during the August 1 to 11 event to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena to allow the country to focus on the event which Manila is hosting for the first time in four decades.
“So they may get delayed in terms of closing their tournament. But of course we have to write them. It’s up to them,” said Pangilinan, a staunch supporter of UAAP and NCAA champions Ateneo and San Beda, respectively.
In the recently-concluded basketball tournament that NU hosted, the UAAP held majority of its games at the Mall of Asia Arena, the same venue of the Fiba-Asia championships this year.
Adamson will be next year’s UAAP host.