NCAA looking at fewer sporting events for Season 96

Mark Escarlote on May 13, 2020 04:18 PM
NCAA looking at fewer sporting events for Season 96
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With the fate of Season 96 still up in the air because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NCAA braces for the possibility of holding fewer sporting events in its calendar.

Season 95 Management Committee (ManComm) chairman Peter Cayco said that because of the effects of the pandemic, which put Luzon and other parts of the country under community quarantine since March, some member schools might not be able to field teams in other non-mandatory sporting events.

Member schools may opt to take a ‘leave of absence’ in those events except for mandatory sports basketball, swimming, volleyball and track and field.

“’Yung mandatory na apat ‘yun muna,” said Cayco. “Ngayon ang rekomendasyon naman ni Fr. Vic (Calvo) ‘yung wala dun sa apat na events at mayroong mga schools na gustong lumaro na makaka-more than four teams sila eh ‘di tuloy.”

Under the NCAA rules, a sporting event can only be held if there are at least four participating schools.

The ManComm is also submitting a proposal to the Policy Board to push the opening of Season 96 to 2021 in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force directive of suspending all sporting events until the end of the year.

Aside from the delayed opening, the committee is also recommending an extension for senior student-athletes affected by the cancellation of Season 95.  

Affected second semester sports were volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading while completed events were basketball, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and demo sport 3x3 basketball.



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