NCAA set to open new season May 1

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    THE NCAA is eyeing to hold a virtual opening ceremony for its 96th season on May 1.

    This was bared yesterday by a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source, who said the league’s Policy Board only approved the staging of online events due to the health risks and uncertainties posed by the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Iyong mga laro, ang talagang pinayagan lang ng Policy Board ay iyong virtual lang. Until wala daw vaccine, wala,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “Hindi inaprubahan (school-based bubble play) kasi unang una, hindi papayag ang CHED. Iyong resumption of training pa nga lang, hindi ma-aprubahan ng CHED.”

    Taekwondo (Poomsae and speed kicking) and online chess make do, for now, according to the source.

    Among the options the country’s oldest collegiate league considered was holding its new 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 a green light from the government.

    “Ang nakakasa na ay (online) taekwondo, iyong poomsae and speed kicking and online chess. Mayroon kaming opening na virtual sa May 1, virtual opening ceremony of the 96ht season,” the source said.

    The NCAA and GMA 7 inked a five-year partnership last December.

    The Commission on Higher Education released the safety and health guidelines for the resumption of varsity training last October.

    Nearly five months after, collegiate leagues are still waiting for the go-signal from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

    In December last year, the Philippine Sports Commission also crafted guidelines for the conduct of collegiate tournaments.