Collegiate Champion’s League starts Oct. 1
Last updated 05:19am (Mla time) 09/19/2006
Published on page A24 of the September 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
CAN THE University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) keep its supremacy in the Collegiate Champion’s League?
The answer will be known when 16 crack teams from different leagues in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao dispute the title in this year’s CCL starting Oct. 1.
The top four teams from the UAAP are expected to dominate again, but their counterparts from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have gotten stronger and are more than capable of snatching the title away from their league.
Teams from the UAAP won the first three editions of the event with the University of the East Warriors claiming the title in the inaugural season and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws taking the next two.
Also invited are the champions from the National Athletic Association of State Colleges and Universities (NAASCU), National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) and Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA).
There are two slots available for teams from the Visayas and Mindanao.
Battling for the slots are the top four teams from Cebu (CSAFI) and the champions in Negros (Nopscea) and Davao (DCAA).
Completing the cast are the three wild card entries to be determined by the sports media representatives on the basis of previous and current competitive performance.
The leading wild card candidates are defending champion FEU and Colleges and Universities Sports Association (CUSA) defending champion Philippine Maritime Institute.
Scholarship funding and sports equipment/facilities amounting to P850,000 are at stake in the two-week competition.
The champion school will receive P500,000 worth of scholarships and sports equipment, while the second, third and fourth placers will get P200,000, P100,000 and P50,000 worth of prizes, respectively.