COLLEGIATE leagues are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) crafted health protocols for the safe conduct of varsity tournaments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
PSC national training director Marc Velasco said the government sports agency is coordinating with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in drafting the guidelines for the resumption of college athletics in the country.
“We already drafted ‘yung safety protocols ng collegiate leagues,” said Velasco in a virtual press conference by the PSC. “It’s up to the CHED to discuss it with the IATF.”
Velasco is PSC’s representative to the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) that also involves the Department of Health and the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). The body oversees the safe resumption of sports in the country.
The UAAP and the NCAA are already charting the return of choice sports, even if classes are still conducted exclusively online. The NCAA is even planning to play in a bubble, possibly in Intramuros or Recto area where most of the member schools are located.
“Nasa level na po ng CHED to discuss with the IATF. Nag-participate po ang PSC doon sa drafting ng guidelines nila as well as colleges and universities associations,” said Velasco.
Velasco didn’t elaborate on the health protocols for college leagues.
“Meron na po, but it’s up to the CHED and IATF for the green light. As of now, wala pa pong nilalabas,” said Velasco.
PSC chairman William Ramirez, meanwhile, reminded the college leagues to follow the safety protocols or face sanctions from the government.
“I’m contacting Marc Velasco to reach out to the UAAP and NCAA to have a meeting and inform them of the protocols of the JAO and the Philippine Sports Commission," said Ramirez.
"If they cannot maintain that, we will not allow them to play. Based on Republic Act 6847, we can sanction them and we will not hesitate to sanction them because the purpose is to save the lives of the athletes.”