SAN Beda couldn't be more excited to return to practice as it aims to begin its road to redemption for NCAA Season 96.
"I am thankful to the IATF for allowing college teams the opportunity to return to training, even under strict guidelines," Red Lions team manager Jude Roque told Spin.ph.
Roque, of course, has been adamant in allowing collegiate teams to return to training.
He has drafted guidelines which varsity teams can abide on and has submitted the proposal to the Department of Health (DOH).
The Joint Administrative Order on the resumption of sports and physical activities and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) have agreed on Monday to allow collegiate teams to resume their trainings, pending guidelines and protocols agreed upon by their respective associations.
The NCAA, as per chairman Fr. Vic Calvo of host Letran, is also preparing to craft guidelines to help in the resumption of the activities for all 10 member-schools.
Roque, though, is already preparing to meet with the coaching staff led by head coach Boyet Fernandez to plot their next moves.
"I'm going to sit down with the coaching staff this week to talk about how to best proceed with the training. When we get the guidelines from the IATF, we will plan accordingly," he said.
San Beda is bracing for a new beginning following the graduation of Cameroonian center Donald Tankoua and the departure of lead playmaker Evan Nelle to La Salle.
Left is NCAA Season 95 MVP Calvin Oftana and Mythical Team member James Canlas, who both will be hardpressed to carry the fight for the Red Lions.
Also about to make their debuts are bluechip rookies Rhayyan Amsali, Justine Sanchez, Yukien Andrada, and Tony Ynot, all from the Red Cubs program in the high school division.
San Beda wants to avenge its runner-up finish last season, when it bowed to Letran in three games and saw its dreams of a four-peat flushed down the drain.