NCAA: After training, what do we do?

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    THE possibility of the NCAA holding its new season in a bubble hinges largely on the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

    What the league needs is just a little assurance that it will be allowed to do so, according to a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source.

    “Bigyan lang kami ng kahit. . . just a heads-up na papayagan nila kami sa ganitong buwan, iyong competition,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “Number two, ang pinaka-importante sa amin ay iyong vaccine, kailan darating ang vaccine na iyan.”

    The Commission on Higher Education last Oct. 26 released the safety and proper health guidelines for the resumption of collegiate team practice, but it will be limited to workouts and physical conditioning.

    Actual games need the green light from the IATF.

    The source said the IATF has already agreed the varsity return to training in principle.

    “Wala pang guidance ng IATF (on tournament resumption). Ang recommendation ng CHED (is training only), which is according to Atty. (Joseph, NCAA legal counsel) Estrada, approved na daw in principle ng IATF. We are just waiting for the IATF resolution approving the same,” the source said.

    “Ang nakalagay lang doon ay resumption ng training. There is no mention of resumption of competition. So, you allow us to train, what are we going to train for?”

    The source insisted staging the 96th season of the country’s oldest collegiate league under a bubble set-up will be just fine especially since the NCAA will only have the mandatory sports such as basketball, volleyball, swimming, and track and field in its calendar.

    “Tatagal nang tatagal ang training, wala namang tournament in sight, so, iyong bubble, wala pang sinasabi si IATF,” the source said.