‘Beach’ tilts cancelled

EVEN the robust Philippine beach volleyball scene has taken a hit due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Beach Volleyball Republic late Saturday has announced the postponement of the Puerto Galera and Dumaguete City legs scheduled on March 27-28 and April 4-5, respectively.

It was supposed to be the first two BVR On Tour for 2020.

Puerto Galera has also implemented a "community quarantine" starting last Saturday while Dumaguete City prohibited all forms of public gatherings and events within the city effective last Friday until further notice.

"The BVR has the paramount duty and responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of its fans, players, officials and crew," said the BVR in a statement.

For updates regarding the future legs, please follow BVR's social media accounts.

The coronavirus outbreak also forced Creamline beach volleyball team led by newly-minted PSA Miss Volleyball Sisi Rondina to suspend its training until further notice.

The UAAP on Saturday cancelled the high school beach volleyball tournament.  The event, which is introduced this season as a demonstration sport, last played on Feb. 9 at Sands SM By The Bay with two matchdays left in the schedule.

In the NCAA, the beach volleyball competition, which is supposed to be open on April 29 in Subic, is on the verge of being terminated pending on the Policy Board's decision to cancel Season 95 based on the Management Committee's recommendation.