There may be more sports events for the National Collegiate Athletic Association when it formally kicks off on June 27 at the Araneta Coliseum.
League president Fr. Mat de Jesus, OSB, said he would push for the inclusion of boxing, fencing, archery and shooting as demonstration events.
“We’re open to any possibility, we have not actually decided on it yet but we are seriously considering adding boxing, fencing, archery and air rifle into our NCAA calendar,” said de Jesus in a report posted on SportsNews.ph.
De Jesus said they are planning to include the disciplines, if not in this year’s Season 85, then in next year’s Season 86.
The inclusion of the four sports disciplines is part of the league’s thrust of producing future national athletes that could be potential Olympic medal winners.
“It’s the league’s own way of helping the country win our first Olympic gold medal,” said de Jesus.
As starter, de Jesus announced the league has approved the addition of soft tennis as a demo sport this year.
San Beda has already started its preparations for a grand opening ceremony that would officially usher in the 85th season on June 27.