NCAA cage tourney faces bleak prospects

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    IT seems the NCAA will need a miracle to salvage its 96th basketball tournament.

    Speaking on condition of anonymity, a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source said the prospects of holding the cage wars and a beach volleyball tilt appears to be grim.

    Even the hybrid events such as the skills challenge and dunk tilt are unlikely to push through due to the country’s COVID-19 pandemic woes having no end in sight.

    “Very, very bleak. Mirakulo na lang kapag matuloy,” the source said, referring to the basketball tourney.

    “Hindi rin (possible to hold hybrid events). Lalabas din ang players and pupunta sa court.

    Wala naman tayong player na may court sa bahay. Alanganin.”

    The source maintained the online events are good to go.

    “Malabo. Puro virtual lang talaga lahat. Kausap ko ang IATF, wala,” the source said.

    “CHED naman kukuha iyan ng signal from the IATF. May nakausap ako from the IATF, ang sabi, ‘Sir, pasensya ka na pero malabo iyang hinihingi ninyo.’”

    The country’s oldest collegiate league is pushing through with its 96th season with online and hybrid events due to the health risks and uncertainties posed by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

    Set to be hosted by Letran, the new season is set to get going virtually in the first week of May but has also bee reset.

    Among the options the league considered was holding its season in a bubble at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

    The plan was scrapped due to the whopping P40 million estimated cost and the absence of the green light from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, however.

    The rest of the 95th season was cancelled for good in March last year at the start of the government-imposed quarantine measures to stem the contagion.

    Indoor volleyball, football, lawn tennis, soft tennis, track and field, beach volleyball, and cheerleading were called off last season.