ARELLANO UNIVERSITY has formally turned over the hosting responsibilities for the coming 96th season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to Colegio de San Juan de Letran. The NCAA Policy Board composed of Presidents or Heads of the 10 member schools unanimously approved the resolution introduced by Atty. Francisco Paulino Cayco of Arellano.
“Colegio de San Juan de Letran graciously accepts the hosting duties for the 96th NCAA,” replied Fr. Clarence Marquez OP, Letran’s Rector and President. “We express our heartfelt gratitude to Arellano University for their excellent leadership of the 95th NCAA and to our fellow member schools for their solid and steady support.”
Hosting the country’s oldest and most prestigious collegiate sports association also comes at the same time Letran is marking its 400th year. Very soon, plans will be presented under the new normal and athletes, students, officials and fans can be assured of their health and safety.
Traditionally, a ceremony is held wherein the previous host will give the NCAA flag to the new host. However, that is currently impossible in light of the current global health crisis.
Now the league is facing the prospect of starting the season much later than the usual June or July date, perhaps in November or even in 2021. There may also be a drastic cut in the number of disciplines to be contested while some schools are planning to skip certain events altogether.
The just-concluded season marked the first time that Arellano played host. Letran last hosted the NCAA in Season 88 or AY 2012-2013.