The coronavirus pandemic has affected various sporting events across the globe, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is no exception.
The NCAA has ruled out contact sports from its calendar as it pushes through with its festivities for Season 96. This means that traditional events such as basketball and volleyball, to name a few, will not be conducted under the current situation.
“I don’t think contact sports will be played this season that’s why we’re really squeezing what we can because people are really expecting the usual things we’ve been doing before,” said NCAA Management Committee chairman Fr. Vic Calvo Jr Fr. Vic Calvo, O.P. of host Letran in a virtual press conference.
“Contact sports are not allowed, so I guess people will stop speculating about it. We have to adjust.”
The adjustments done by the oldest collegiate league in the Philippines include hosting virtual competitions, which are non-contact activities conducted online such as chess and taekwondo (speed kicking and poomsae). Chances are also high that skills challenges for basketball and volleyball may also push through in the upcoming season.
The NCAA is all set to raise the curtains of Season 96 on June 13.
Virtual taekwondo competitions in poomsae events for all divisions will run from June 14 to 17. Meanwhile, speed kicking event will then be carried out from June 18 to July 5.
This is the first mid-pandemic event in the collegiate scene of the country.
“We were given two options: to give up or rise up. We chose the latter,” Calvo said.
“We didn't just rise up, we’ll rise up stronger. We refused to be immobilized by COVID, and we had to squeeze everything we can do.”
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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