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NO TO GAME-FIXING! NCAA says foreign imports eligibility only until season 95

San Sebastian College Recoletos (SSCR) President Rev. Fr. Nemesio Tolentin, OAR of Season 93 Host School hands over the flag of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (UPHSD) President Anthony Moran Tamayo, (Center) the Host for the Season 94 (2018-2019) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (Photo by Dennis Abrina)

The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) strengthens its stand against “game-fixing” after the House of Representatives issued House Bill 5032 or the “Anti-Game Fixing Act.”

In a position paper released to the public on Tuesday, the president of the season 94 host Perpetual Help Altas, Anthony Jose Tamayo submitted to the lower house with Congressmen Enrico Pineda and Mikee Romero as co-authors, regarding the issue that defines game-fixing as a crime and providing penalties to it.

Through its legal counsel Atty. Joseph Estrada, the oldest collegiate association in the country defined game-fixing as an act referring to “any arrangement, combination, scheme or agreement made by any persons who, for valuable consideration or monetary gain, maliciously conducts or cause to be conducted any game, race or sports competition, the outcome of which shall be predicted or known to other than on the basis of the honest playing skill or ability of the players or participants or in a manner that would remove or otherwise undermine the competitive nature of the game or sport, in order to predetermined result.”

Franki Gusi, chairman of the NCAA Management Committee addressed that the league will not condone any incidents of game-fixing and further added that those who will be involved will be banned for life from the association itself. However, Gusi added that NCAA committee has also come up with the decision of limiting foreign players from participating inside the court until season 95.

The NCAA holds one of the much-awaited sports league in the country. It also became an avenue for the foreign players to make their names known inside the court. Meanwhile, the sudden decision of the committee will highly affect the players whose eligibility ranges from Season 96 or 2020 and Gusi noted that the decision involves not just basketball but all sports events.

He also announced that all participating schools in the NCAA shall join the juniors, women’s, and men’s division of volleyball as it will be one of the mandatory sports in the league alongside basketball, swimming, and track and field.

The University of Perpetual Help is the host of NCAA Season 94 that will open on July 7, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Perpetual Altas will be facing for their first game the defending champions, San Beda Red Lions at 2PM. On the other hand, last year’s dark horse, Lyceum of the Philippines University battles with the San Sebastian Recoletos at 4PM.

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