The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is returning to its old calendar of events when Season 98 kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 10.

With the theme “Achieve Greatness Every Day”, the country’s oldest collegiate league will welcome back cheerleading, swimming, track and field, juniors’ basketball, men’s volleyball, beach volleyball, taekwondo, chess, and the All-Star Games for basketball and volleyball.

Due to budget constraints and Covid-19 restrictions, the NCAA only had men’s and women’s basketball, and speedkicking to its list of activities for Season 97.

This time, the league will feature more events, starting with basketball which tips off right after the opening ceremony on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Host school Emilio Aguinaldo College will battle Arellano University at 3:30 p.m., while Mapua tangles with San Beda University at 6 p.m.

The first round of the tournament will last until Oct. 11 and will be featured at the FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan City.

Estefanio Boquiron, Jr., management committee chairman of the NCAA Season 98, is excited to fill the venue with more crowd after their “meticulous planning and preparation.”

“Having adapted to the New Normal, our student-athletes are better equipped this season. They have been training since Season 96 and 97 and are excited to showcase their talents on the court,” added Boquiron, Jr. (Nikole Javier)

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