NCAA to hold 10 events for Season 98 | Inquirer Sports

NCAA to hold 10 events for Season 98

/ 01:04 PM September 06, 2022

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MANILA, Philippines—The NCAA’s 98th season will not just focus on the major sports as the league brings back numerous events that were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the NCAA management committee bared their plans for the upcoming season, which opens on Saturday with the basketball competition at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“[In] Season 96 we had online practices and competition. Season 97 then had basketball and volleyball. This Season 98, we gradually added many other events,” league chairman Estefania Boquiron said.

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The NCAA’s chairman also said the league will implement stricter health protocols for the teams due to a bigger crowd expectancy for this season. This includes standard antigen testing before player warmups.

“Antigen testing will be included in the [NCAA] overall budget,” Boquiron said.

The league will hold 10 events for this season: men’s seniors and juniors basketball; men’s, women’s and beach volleyball; cheerleading competition, swimming; track and field; taekwondo and chess.

The taekwondo and chess events will be held online.

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Boquiron acknowledged the lack of sports compared to the league’s usual roster but said the inclusion of several new events is a step in the right direction.

“Our season today may not include every sport, but it’s good we added more.”

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