Must-see sports events for 2020
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 01, 2020 11:09 AM
(Photos by Richard Esguerra, Josh Albelda)
The sports and the action never stop.
That will only continue as we usher in a new year.
PBA in January
The 44th season of the PBA is far from over as Ginebra and new-age rival Meralco are all-set to go at it for all the glory in the Governors’ Cup Finals.
The first and oldest professional league in Asia will then take a two-month break before tipping off its next season in March. There, rookies like Roosevelt Adams and Mike Ayonayon will make their much-anticipated debuts during the Philippine Cup
Dubai International Basketball Tournament in January
Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano. Kai Sotto. Dave Ildefonso. Jamie Malonzo. Andray Blatche. That is the core Mighty Sports-Pilipinas has come up with for the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.
That young and talented lineup is sure to go all-out as it tries to improve on its third-place finish in the invitational tourney a year ago.
NCAA volleyball in January
Arellano will protect its throne from several oncomers in the brand new season of NCAA women’s volleyball while Perpetual hopes to do the same over at the men’s side.
The Lady Chiefs will follow the lead of Regine Arocha, as always, as they set out for a fourth consecutive championship.
UAAP volleyball in February
Ateneo ended La Salle’s three-year reign last season and now, the archrivals remain in championship contention in UAAP women’s volleyball alongside UST and FEU.
National U is also out to extend its rule in the men’s tournament even as the likes of FEU and Ateneo are ready and raring to put up a new challenge.
Gilas Pilipinas in February
The Olympic dream is yet to turn into reality for Gilas Pilipinas, but the Philippine national team remains primed for more international action in the first-ever FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.
There, the Filipinos will fight over the right for an automatic advance into the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup.
NBTC in March
The best of the best young talent in the Philippines come together anew in the latest National Basketball Training Centre League National Finals.
There, NCAA king San Beda and UAAP title favorite National U are poised to wage war with the other champions from all over the country. And of course, the All-Star game is and will always be a must-watch.
NCAA basketball in July
For the first time in quite a while, it’s not San Beda that has a target on its back in NCAA basketball.
Instead, it will be Letran which will have to fend off the hungrier Red Lions as well as determined LPU, San Sebastian, and Mapua.
Tokyo Olympics in July
The Olympics are upon us once more and this time, it is closer than ever to home as Japan hosts the world meet in Tokyo.
Already headed there while wearing the flag are EJ Obiena for men’s pole vault as well as Carlos Yulo for artistic gymnastics.
UAAP basketball in September
Ateneo remains on top of UAAP men’s basketball, but will now defend its title without the championship core of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt.
In Women’s action, National U is still the standard, but teams such as UST and FEU keep coming closer and closer.
ABL is ongoing
A new champion will be crowned in ABL 10 and as of right now, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is at the head of the pack.
MPBL is ongoing
The Philippines’ only regional league is only getting bigger and better in its third tournament, the Lakan Season, which continues to roll along.