Rest of NCAA Season 95 cancelled

THE rest of the NCAA Season 95 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peter Cayco, NCAA Management Committe chairman of host Arellano University said the decision was arrived at after consultating the league's Policy Board members led by Season 95 president Francisco Cayco through video conferencing.

"First and foremost that was considered was the safety of the athletes, students, fans, and officials. Eligibility matters of athletes being raised shall be discussed later," said Cayco in a statement yesterday.

The NCAA tried to resume its women's volleyball tournament as well as its remaining second semester events last March 16.

But with Metro Manila under "community quarantine" which expanded into a month-long Luzon-wide "enhanced community quarantine", the stringent social distancing measures prohibits mass gatherings made impossible for the NCAA to resume play.

It was heartbreaking for College of Saint Benilde, which was leading the women's volleyball standings with a perfect 7-0 card when play halted last Feb. 13.  The Lady Blazers were two wins away from clinching an outright Finals berth.

Aside from St. Benilde, Arellano, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and San Beda are already in the next round, with the Final Four or step-ladder format still has to be settled.

The cancellation went for naught the Altas' three-peat bid in the men's division. Perpetual completed a nine-match sweep of eliminations when league suspended play.

The opening of Season 96, with Letran as host, will still open on August.