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    IATF probe wants answers from NU over Lady Bulldogs' training

    Aug 26, 2020

    THE body formed to look into the alleged training bubble put up for University of Sto. Tomas in Sorsogon will also monitor other varsity programs flouting quarantine regulations.

    While focus is on the Tigers basketball team, with the report expected to be completed on Friday, the body also seeks answers from the National University after training videos of the Lady Bulldogs volleyball squad surfaced online.

    Photos and video clips of NU players training were posted online at a time when the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has yet to give a green light for gyms to reopen.

    No representatives from the universities in question appeared before the panel led by Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra and officials of the UAAP, Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Health, Games and Amusements Board, and Commission on Higher Education.

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    UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag and UAAP Season 83 president Nonong Calanog of La Salle were instead requested to seek clarification from NU regarding the alleged quarantine violations.

    NU women’s volleyball coach Norman Miguel earlier said the school will only issue a statement "if necessary."

    Both UST and NU are expected to have representatives at the next meeting on Tuesday, according to the panel.

    CHED chairman Prospero De Vera III said advisories and guidelines consistent with protocols issued by the IATF and the tri-agency-issued JAO, have been issued by the agency since March for the safety of the students.

    Mitra said he appreciated the input of CHED, saying that De Vera’s inputs “gave the group another perspective on these issues.”

    The PSC echoed Mitra’s sentiments.

    “The PSC will always push to uphold the issuances regarding sports and physical activity and we are happy that CHED is a steady partner when it comes to sports in universities and colleges,” said PSC National Training Director Marc Velasco.

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    Also present during the meeting were CHED Executive Directory Cindy Jaro and DOH Health Promotion and Communication Service Head Rodley Carza.

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