NCAA awaits official IATF ruling on Ayo

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    NCAA officials are holding their ground.

    Despite the decision of the Sorsogon City PNP and the provincial government last Wednesday clearing former University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo of any liability in the alleged training bubble in his hometown in Capuy, the NCAA is sticking to its stand that it will only make a definite ruling if and when the government comes up with a verdict, according to a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source.

    “We cannot come up with an official stand in the absence of a ruling from the proper government agency which is the DOJ or IATF. Dapat isa sa kanila ang maglabas para iyon ang gagamitin naming basis,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “If we jump the gun and iyong basis ng UAAP ang ginamit namin, patay din kami ngayon.

    Kailangan maghintay tayo ng official (verdict), sila ba ay nagtanim o naglaro,” the source added.

    Amid accusations that he breached the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ stringent COVID-19 health protocols when he brought the team practice from mid-June to August in the city where he served as a three-term councilor, Ayo resigned at the helm of UST last Sept. 4.

    He was slapped with an indefinite suspension by the UAAP last Sept. 9.

    In a surprise twist, the Sorsogon City PNP and Gov. Francis “Chiz” Escudero claimed Ayo was not guilty, saying UST secured all the necessary police documents before going to Capuy, declaring that they are not persons under monitoring (PUMs), did not have any COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days, were tested seven days prior to the trip, and secured all the necessary travel pass from the Joint Task Force COVID Shield.

    A 14-day mandatory home quarantine was also put in place before the team went on a “personal development farm training” that was certified by the Capuy barangay captain, the PNP memorandum added.