NCAA cancels remainder of Season 95 due to COVID-19 threat

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association cancelled on Thursday all of the remaining Season 95 activities due to the threat of coronavirus disease.

NCAA Policy Board President Peter Cayco of Arellano University said the decision was made after a teleconference meeting with other policy board members.

“First and foremost, what was considered was the safety of the athletes, students, fans, and officials,” said Cayco in a statement.

The NCAA Policy Board is composed of the presidents of the 10-member universities and colleges of the league.

The termination of NCAA Season 95 follows the declaration of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19.

There are 217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines along with 17 fatalities, as of this writing.

Affected events are volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis, and cheerleading.

The policy board has yet to reach a final decision on the playing eligibility extension of senior student-athletes who are affected of this termination.

“Eligibility matters of athletes being raised shall be discussed later,” as mentioned in the statement.

College of St. Benilde Blazers, Arellano University Chiefs, and Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals could have battled in a step-ladder semifinals in men’s volleyball had the season progressed. Defending champions University of Perpetual Help Altas booked an automatic finals slot after sweeping the nine-game elimination round.

Also, the Lady Blazers were two wins away from getting an outright finals seat in women’s volleyball. The reigning titlists Lady Chiefs, San Beda University Red Lionesses, and Lady Altas comprise the top four in the female division.