The calendar of events will still be limited when the National Collegiate Athletic Association opens its 98th season in less than a month.
NCAA Season 98 management committee chairman Boying Boquiron of host Emilio Aguinaldo College said this, with the men’s basketball competitions to begin on September 10.
“We are still on schedule after Season 97. Dire-diretso ang practice ng basketball,” said Boquiron in an interview with the Manila Standard.
GMA-7 remains as NCAA’s broadcast partner until 2025, according to Boquiron.
Events on tap are men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, online chess and taekwondo.
Still being discussed is the inclusion of men’s volleyball and other regular events like swimming, badminton, football, lawn tennis, soft tennis, beach volleyball and athletics. Also in question are the holding of numerous high school competitions.
The Letran Knights are defending the men’s basketball champions, while the College of St. Benilde is primed up to defend its title in the women’s volleyball games, which will be held in February.
Fans will be allowed at the venues now that COVID-19 protocols have stayed at level 1.
With face-to-face activities set to be allowed by the government, the league will hold events in a semi-bubble setup.
Student-athletes will still be restricted to their team dormitories, and they will regularly undergo antigen tests.