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    Officials assure safety of players, fans as NCAA takes games to campuses

    Jul 3, 2017

    THE NCAA Management Committee said measures will be taken to prevent on-court brawls and fan-related violence during 'NCAA On Tour' matches in Season 93.

    Letran, Arellano, Mapua, San Sebastian College-Cavite, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Perpetual Help will host matches in the seniors and juniors division in the first round.

    That brings the games closer to its fan base although the home-and-away games also raise security concerns.

    The league has yet to reveal security plans, but Col. Jeff Tamayo of Perpetual Help, the Mancom vice chairman, will be in charge.

    "We are assuring, most especially the security of the students and the players, that there are already strategies being done," said ManCom chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega of host San Sebastian during Monday's press conference at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Ortega also said the NCAA will make sure that there will be a festive atmosphere in the schools were the matches will be held.

    "The atmosphere naman that we will have in the school-based games for the NCAA On Tour, hindi naman makikipag-away," said Ortega. "It's more of a festival atmosphere that we will have. There will be on-ground activities."

    For his part, NCAA basketball commissioner Bai Cristobal said the six venues are within the standards.

    "Nagkaroon na kami ng ocular inspection. Ginawa 'yun together with my technical man, George Magsino. 'Yung venues na gagamitin natin for the NCAA On Tour, as far as the court is concerned, the size of the court, the landing spot, it should be two meters minimum or five meters kung maari," said Cristobal.

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