The COVID-19 pandemic has derailed preparations for the Ateneo Blue Eagles, which will compete for a fourth consecutive UAAP men's basketball championship later this year.
The team's management had previously worked out a plan for the Eagles in the coming months, with a training camp in Serbia to improve things in May, participation in the William Jones Cup in July, and participation in a pocket tournament in Australia shortly before the opening of UAAP season 83.
But the current situation has put everything on hold, team manager Epok Quimpo told the investigator.
"With the speed at which things are going, it is really difficult to plan ahead," said Quimpo. "We just have to be ready for any scenario."
Collegiate teams tend to be the busiest from April, as several pre-season tournaments are scheduled and overseas trained to prepare for the UAAP and NCAA wars. Ateneo won the Philippine Collegiate Champions League title earlier this month to receive the country's best college team award.
Quimpo said the eagles are still training during the community's increased quarantine period.
The coaching team sent daily training routines for the players to follow.
Quimpo said that even if the quarantine period expires next month, it would still be difficult to set up an overseas training camp as several countries have already taken measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. "There are many factors to consider, particularly in logistics," said Quimpo.
"Even if we are allowed to leave the country, our colleagues in other countries may have their own problems, so this is not just our decision."
The Ateneo team official said that these plans are all secondary at the moment with the pandemic.
"As much as we hope things get back to normal in the sports community, we hope and pray that everyone will be safe and sound," said Quimpo.
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