NCAA: Mandatory sports could be it

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    THE NCAA’s plan to have only the four mandatory sports of basketball, volleyball, swimming, and track and field in its slate, if and when its 96th season is given the go-signal by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, will push through.

    Management Committee chair Fr. Vic Calvo, OP, of host Letran said the league, aside from holding the season on a school-based bubble concept, is also looking at the Southeast Asian Games as a model.

    “We are also contemplating iyong SEA Games model, that everything ends in two to three weeks. Whatever is practical ang foremost consideration namin iyong safety ng student-athletes,” Calvo said on Radyo5 92.3 News FM’s Power and Play program hosted by former PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

    “Iyong swimming at track and field, walang problem doon kasi how many days lang iyon, madaling gawin iyon,” he added.

    Calvo also confirmed that online chess will be played, while having esports in the league calendar remains possible.

    “Sa ngayon, ang confirmed pa lang is (online) chess,” he said.

    “We have to identify pa iyong others, but depende pa sa study ng committee.”

    The Commission on Higher Education released the safety and health guidelines for the resumption of varsity training last Oct. 26 pending the approval from the IATF.