by Ardelle Costuna
This year’s scheduled Diliman Games will be postponed again due to problems with the ongoing renovations of the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) gym.
According to a statement by Varsity Director Ariel Juliano, the delay is mainly caused by the ongoing repairs being done at the gym, thus disrupting the games and varsity trainings.
In July 2011, the CHK administration announced that the games would not be pushed through for the first semester because of the damages in the roof of the gym. CHK Dean Leilani Gonzalo earlier said that its resumption is still uncertain as the contractor estimated the repairs to take six months.
“With these, sad to say that the annual tradition may not push through this year,” Juliano said in a statement.
According him, the remaining five playing dates, scheduled on Mondays and Saturdays, clash with the PE classes which will also use the gym, making it hard to finish the proposed round robin format of the annual games.
“It would be impossible to finish all the games based on the proposed format. Change in the format of the games into a double elimination will defeat the real purpose of the tournament,” Juliano said.
Also, if the proposed schedule pushes through, Juliano believes that the matches might extend beyond the finals week which might cause low student attendance and defaults from players in the games.
Juliano suggests in the statement that the games push through on the first semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.