NCAA officials hope to open 96th season in November

May 2 ------ THE NCAA is mulling to move the opening of its 96th season to November given the uncertain times brought upon by the global COVID-19 pandemic. NCAA management committee chairman Peter Cayco of Arellano bared to the Grand Old League's plans to push back the formal commencement of the athletic competitions to cope with the health crisis. "Fine tuning pa. Marami pang aayusin. Baka early next week pa (maipasa). We have to consider a lot," he said. The NCAA usually starts its season in July, with first semester sports lasting until November, and for some tournaments, December. Second semester sports begin in January. Letran is slated to host NCAA Season 96 and this early, the Dominican school which will celebrate its 400th year in 2021 is already plotting ways to better address the situation. "We will submit the NCAA continuity plan. Sana within the week, maayos na yan," said Letran athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo, OP. If the NCAA does indeed start in November, it will create a domino effect on the scheduling of the competitions as the first semester sports can end by March while the second semester sports being played in the summer. The league, however, will defer on what the national government will say as it waits the decision on when the classes can resume. "We cannot decide yet until final na ang decision ng Malacanang," said Cayco. Source: