Senate to quiz UAAP Board

Will the UAAP Board keep its controversial ruling or junk it due to the mounting pressure?

With the Senate dipping its hands on the new but controversial ruling which the UAAP plans to implement in the coming season, officials of the UAAP Board will have a lot of explaining to do in today's public hearing.

The new UAAP ruling requires a UAAP high school athlete transferring to a different UAAP college to sit out two years of competition before being allowed to play.

The controversy is widely believed to be triggered by the tug-of-war between Ateneo and Far Eastern University for high school standout Jerie Pingoy, Jr.

Ateneo, as it appeared now, has won the war for the cat-quick Pingoy, who helped Far Eastern University win the UAAP high school plum last season.

Though he remained tight-lipped on the issue, Pingoy's father, a former PBA player, had made it known to everybody in Cebu that his son will be suiting up for Ateneo.

The elder Pingoy had also boasted that Ateneo has been the dream school of his son although it was the coaches of FEU who meticulously nurtured the talent of his son. The younger Pingoy is the first back-to-back UAAP MVP winner in years.

This new ruling, however, drew varied reactions from so-called experts - most of them unsavory since - according to them - it will have ill-effects to the development of several high school players.

Sen. Pia Cayetayo, chair of Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations, had earlier questioned the wisdom behind the league's new residency rule.

''The two-year residency rule curtails the freedom of young student athletes to choose the college which he or she wants to study in and play for,'' said Cayetano, who played for the University of the Philippines (UP) volleyball team in the UAAP during her college days.

''It denies them of their rights to develop their full potential and goes against the Constitutional mandate to promote sports, especially among our youth,'' she added.

Expected to represent the UAAP Board are president Jose Nilo Ocampo and secretary-treasurer Junel Baculi of National University - host of Season 75 - and incoming president Fr. Max Rendon of Season 76 host Adamson.

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