THE National Collegiate Athletic Association hopes to continue bringing its games to the province as it is planning another out-of-town sporting event next year.
The country’s oldest sports league achieved a milestone in the first semester when it held two men’s basketball games in Sta. Cruz, Laguna last July and the whole beach volleyball tournament in Subic Bay, Zambales in August.
And in February, track and field is planned to take place also in Sta. Cruz Laguna.
NCAA season 88 chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, O.P. announced the news, along with the opening of other second-semester sports, on Tuesday in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
After volleyball gets the ball rolling on November 20, the NCAA continues next year, with football (January 12), lawn tennis (January 14), soft tennis (January 18), taekwondo (February 8), badminton (February 20), track and field (February 28), and cheerleading (March 7) in the schedule.
According to Calvo, the volleyball games will be televised, including the finals of lawn tennis, football, taekwondo, and cheerleading.
Meanwhile, Calvo, also Letran’s athletic director, said the Knights have yet to find a replacement for coach Louie Alas.
Numerous candidates have cropped up, including former Knight and pro Samboy Lim, but Calvo thinks he won’t be up for the task.
“Usually yung mga nagco-come up na names, hindi naman interested eh,” the Dominican priest said.
Other possible replacements have surfaced in Knights assistant Tino Pinat, former head coach Nemie Villegas, and juniors mentor Monch Gavieres.