The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has joined the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Games and Amusements Board, and Department of Health in pleading to officials of collegiate teams to keep the student-athletes safe health-wise amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
“Safety of our students is the topmost concern.” CHED chairman Prospero De Vera said on Wednesday.
De Vera's statement came after the revelation of alleged bubbles involving two collegiate teams.
The case of University of Santo Tomas' (UST) men's basketball team was the most celebrated one as it was unearthed right after CJ Cansino confirmed that he was removed from the squad.
Afterward, reports surfaced that the National University's (NU) women's volleyball team also underwent a training bubble inside its Manila and later Calamba campuses.
Since the start of the community quarantines, De Vera said he has been advising the college students to stay at home.
Amateur teams are not yet allowed to practice amid the pandemic according to the joint administrative order on sports training, placing the Growling Tigers and the Lady Bulldogs in danger of getting sanctioned for violation of quarantine protocols.*PNA
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