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UAAP bans Coach Ayo indefinitely


The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) handed Coach Aldin Ayo an indefinite ban after allegedly conducting a training bubble in his hometown of Capuy, Sorsogon amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

This after the league's board of trustees (BOT) approved its board of managing directors' (BMD) recommendation of banning the former University of Santo Tomas (UST) coach yesterday.

"After a thorough deliberation, the UAAP BOT ratified the decision of the BMD to ban coach Aldin Ayo indefinitely from participating, in any capacity, in all UAAP events and UAAP sanctioned-activities," a UAAP BOT statement read.

The UAAP BMD made the recommendation last week following the end of UST's probe on the alleged bubble, which at the time it took place was not allowed.

"The ban is based on the UST report that showed Ayo endangering the health and well-being of the student-athletes under his charge when he conducted the training during a government-declared state of public emergency intended to arrest the Covid-19 outbreak," it added.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases only allowed college student-athletes to train again on Monday, although they can only be really cleared once the practice protocols have been set by a technical working group consisting of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Philippine Sports Commission, and the Department of Health.

On the other hand, the UAAP will monitor CHED's own investigation on the alleged bubble training incident.

CHED has given UST a show-cause order for the latter to explain why it should be spared from sanctions.

"The association will follow these developments before discussing the next action on the case," the UAAP BOT said.*PNA


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