THE National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) plans to host only four sporting events in Season 96 with member schools suffering financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lyceum of the Philippines University athletics director Hercules Callanta said that the NCAA is looking to hold mandatory sports basketball, volleyball, swimming and track and field in its coming season.
The league also plans to hold online sports as schools are ordered to shift to distance learning.
“The NCAA has to be able to look at some alternatives such as suspending first the traditional sports events, and possibly coming up with events that can be played as exhibition or well, over the internet,” said Callanta in a recent interview on the Pinoy Athletics Facebook page.
“This has to be done, because otherwise, we will all end up stopping everything.”
Callanta added that the NCAA board is ready to help its member schools as it doesn’t want any school to take a leave of absence next season.
“First and foremost, the NCAA will not make it difficult for the member institution, who is already hard-pressed to participate, even in just one tournament, or in one competition,” Callanta said.
“So, as far as the NCAA schools are concerned, I don’t think there will be anyone among the member schools who will take a leave of absence for next year.”
The Lyceum athletics director, however, admitted that some NCAA schools had to trim their pool of athletes even from the major sports. Allowances for athletes who were sent home to their provinces had also stopped. “No matter how much you try to get something from the schools, if the schools cannot deliver anymore because of the low revenues coming from very limited collection or even very limited enrollment, then it becomes a problem already,” Callanta added