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Rizal Memorial, PhilSports host NCAA’s non-basketball games

June 11, 2009 8:40pm
MANILA, Philippines – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) have forged a partnership paving the way for the holding of the league’s non-basketball games at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and PhilSports Arena.

Management committee chair Jose Mari Lacson of host San Beda said following the tieup, the NCAA has tapped the PSC-owned RMSC and PhilSports as its venue for volleyball, chess, swimming, taekwondo, beach volleyball, football, table tennis, lawn tennis, centerpiece athletics and demonstration sport soft tennis this season.

But this does not include basketball, which will be held primarily at The Arena in San Juan and for the bigger games, the Araneta Coliseum. The two venues are also being considered for the league’s cheerleading competitions.

Lacson said the NCAA initially preferred the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, its original home, as its basketball venue for this year but the decades-old court lacks air-conditioning and is currently undergoing major repairs.

“If you’re going to ask me, we love to hold our games at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum because it’s really the NCAA’s original home. But it's still under repair so maybe next year," said Lacson, who thanked PSC chair Harry Angping for offering the venue.

The country’s oldest collegiate league, the NCAA is slated to open its Season 85 on June 27 at the Big Dome. Opening games pit reigning three-peat champion San Beda with Mapua at 2 p.m., last year’s runner-up Jose Rizal versus Letran at 4 p.m. and Perpetual Help against San Sebastian at 6 p.m. - GMANews.TV