THE NCAA is set for four sports next season but could expand the calendar if a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and made available to the public in time for Season 96.
The NCAA is looking to start the season in the first quarter of 2021, dependent on the government's proclamation for sports gatherings, with only four mandatory sports, namely basketball, volleyball, athletics and swimming on schedule. Esports and online chess are being explored.
"We have formulated a continuity plan for the NCAA. Our mindset is as much as possible, if the conditions allow it, we'll continue the NCAA," said Management Committee chair Fr. Vic Calvo of Letran during the online Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday
"It depends on the concerned agencies like IATF, CHED, and DepEd kung ano yung magiging protocol. We'll observe those and we have assigned out lawyer to make supplemental rules in terms of holding the games. We're also including vaccines and tests na pwede kasi our foremost consideration is the safety of athletes and spectators," he said in the forum sponsored by San Miguel Corporation, Go for Gold, Amelie Hotel, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and is powered by Smart.
Calvo said that the NCAA is also doing the wait-and-see approach, but is readying every option it could in the event that a green light for the competitions is finally given.
"We don't know what will happen from now until March 2021. Ang maganda naman, hindi tayo naka-fix but we're fluid. We're observing the situation and we'll fit that situtation para matuloy ang NCAA," he said.
"Importante ang sports, pero mas importante ang buhay natin so we have to protect that at all costs."