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UAAP board sets new meeting to tackle UST, NU reports

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The UAAP board of managing directors will meet once again later this week to check out on the reports submitted by the University of Santo Tomas and National University regarding the alleged training bubbles made by their sports teams.

"The UAAP Board of Managing Directors will convene on Thursday to review these reports and tackle other related cases before taking pertinent actions," the league said in a statement on Tuesday night, hours after both schools made their respective explanations on the said practices, which are ill-advised at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the board meeting earlier in the day, UST submitted a copy of the report it made, which consists of the result of its fact-finding committee on what really went down in Capuy, Sorsogon, where its men's basketball team allegedly put up a practice bubble.

UST also notified the UAAP that copies were also sent to the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusements Board, and the Department of Health.

On the other hand, NU also explained the situation of its women's volleyball team and will submit a report too.

"The University Athletic Association of the Philippines acknowledges the efforts of the University of Santo Tomas and National University in participating at the meeting requested by PSC, GAB and DOH concerning compliance with government-issued guidelines and protocols on the conduct of school and athletic activities during the community quarantine," The UAAP further stated. "The meeting was an important step towards the resolution of these issues that concern student-athletes of UAAP member-schools."

The upcoming UAAP board meeting could decide the fate of either of the two universities regarding the alleged bubbles.

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