THE UAAP is not adding any new sport to the program and is instead trying to convince schools to participate in all of the league’s events during the season.
At present, only five sports in the seniors division have complete rosters from the eight member schools — Adamson, Ateneo, De La Salle, Far Eastern University (FEU), University of the East (UE), National University, University of the Philippines (UP) and University of Santo Tomas (UST).
Men’s and women’s basketball, indoor and beach volleyball, badminton and chess are the only ones with full participation. In juniors, only chess and basketball have full participation.
“It’s the UAAP’s objective to see all of its member schools fielding teams in the men’s and women’s and juniors’ divisions of the 15 sports on the program,” said UAAP Season 76 president Fr. Maximino Rendon, CM, of host Adamson.
With that goal, the UAAP would continue to defer action on the proposal to include other sports, particularly golf and gymnastics.
“That means at the moment, the UAAP would not entertain any notion on the inclusion of new sports, including golf and gymnastics,” said Season 76 secretary-treasurer Ma. Luisa Isip also of Adamson.
Isip said each of the member schools is trying to achieve a full contingent to make the league more competitive especially in the race for the general championship. Perennial overall champions UST and De La Salle and UP have teams in all events, thus giving them an advantage for the general championship.
Swimming has no participants from FEU and NU in both the men’s and women’s divisions, while Adamson hasn’t formed a squad for the men’s contest.
NU, the team that has undergone the biggest buildup particularly in basketball, volleyball and tennis, have yet to take part in judo (men and women), football (women), fencing (women) and athletics (men and women).
Adamson does not have taekwondo teams, while FEU also doesn’t have a team in judo.
Football, which has regained popularity in recent years, also has an incomplete lineup —Adamson doesn’t have teams, while UE and FEU don’t have women’s squads.
Adamson and FEU don’t have tennis teams, while UE participate only in the men’s division.
Fencing has been missing FEU and Adamson in the men’s and FEU, Adamson and NU in the women’s side. Softball has seven teams — sans FEU — and baseball six — without FEU and UE.