by John Perez
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) canceled all remaining Season 95 sports events due to the threat of the CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-19) last March 16, 2020.
NCAA Policy President Peter Cayo explained that the decision of the cancellation of sports events was made by the policy board members.
“First and foremost that was considered was the safety of the athletes, students, fans and officials,” Cayo pinpointed.
In addition, social distancing is strictly complied with the public due to the Luzon-wide community quarantine. This has made the remaining NCAA games impossible to resume.
The canceled NCAA Senior events are athletics, beach volleyball, cheerleading, football, lawn, and soft tennis. For NCAA Juniors, the canceled events are football, futsal, and volleyball.
The cancellation of the sports events made the Seniors disappointed as it is their last play for their alma mater.
La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) athletes have expressed their disappointment and comments about this issue.
GH Volleyball Captain Michael Belardo (‘20) has represented the school for almost 10 years.
“It saddens me extremely to know that my final tournament of high school volleyball is canceled due to the unforeseen event of COVID-19. I’ve been captain for the team for years and I’ve played all roles from libero to setter to spiker,” the athlete said.
BJ Bongalon (‘20) of GH Volleyball added, “kahit three games na lang ‘yon, ‘di namin nalalaro. Sayang pa rin ‘yong opportunity to play our hearts out for the school. We all felt sad na [we] seniors didn’t have a proper goodbye to the team, our coaches and of course the season.”
“Knowing that my final year of volleyball is canceled is saddening,” Belardo said in a statement.
In light of the cancelation, LSGH athletes have proven themselves for the whole season.
Our swimming team poised their way to the championship reclaiming its throne as back-to-back champions once again.
In addition, GH Football had the chance to prove themselves once more in the semi-finals, if the events weren’t canceled.
Overall, the hard work and dedication of our Lasallian student-athletes are all worth it, no matter the results.
The LSGH community will always be proud of the Lasallian athletes.