UAAP emphasizes move to adopt safety protocols will cover all sports

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) — Should the creation of safety protocols for athletes be approved, it will be applied to all sports in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

UAAP Executive Director Rebo Saguisag said there are various sports other than basketball that need to have precautionary measures following an injury.

"It should be really league-wide, it should involve all sports not only basketball," he told CNN Philippines Sports Desk Wednesday. "That's the problem, we tend to focus on basketball too much. We have to remember that there are also other sports like football that this is relevant."

This development comes after University of Santo Tomas basketball player Steve Akomo was confined at a hospital after sustaining a head injury during a game.

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But Saguisag admitted that there are hurdles to making these protocols possible. He explained that unlike the leagues in the U.S. where there are already safety protocol rules, the UAAP has a relatively shorter season.

This means that benching an athlete due to an injury might be deemed as an interference by his school.

"We have to come up with clear guidelines which (are) guided by experts in the field and which everybody could agree on. That's one stumbling block that is preventing us from imposing," Saguisag said.

"That is something that we have yet to work on especially when we're talking about mandatory sit outs," he added.