By Kristel Satumbaga

UAAP Season 82 President Emmanuel Fernandez. (UAAP Images)

UAAP Season 82 President Emmanuel Fernandez. (UAAP Images)

The UAAP is postponing all its sporting events starting on Feb. 15 in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Board of Trustees and the Board of Managing Directors made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon after a thorough deliberation.

“The UAAP will be closely monitoring the country’s situation in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak in order to determine the resumption of the games,” said the statement signed by UAAP Season 82 President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Rebo Saguisag.

“We ask for your understanding and your prayers for the safety of our community, our nation and all countries affected by this outbreak.”

Among the events affected are boys and girls basketball stepladder semifinals and finals, boys football final, high school beach volleyball, as well as college football, judo, athletics, baseball, softball and volleyball.

The anticipated volleyball competition is actually scheduled to start on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Source: Manila Bulletin