|We may be seeing the last of the likes of Prince Eze in the NCAA next year. FilOil Flying V Sports (file photo)|
By Dugout Philippines
QUEZON CITY--The days of imports playing in the NCAA are numbered.
NCAA management committee chairman Frank Gusi of University of Perpetual Help Dalta said the league will finally shelve the practice of utilizing import-students during games starting Season 96.
"The NCAA has decided this year to allow all foreign athletes to see action only until Season 95 or next year," said Gusi Tuesday in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Tapa King Restaurant at Farmers Plaza in Cubao.
Among the imports still eligible to play under the new rule are San Beda's Eugene Toba, Perpetual's Prince Eze, and Emilio Aguinaldo's Hamadu Laminou.
The matter on foreign athletes is one of two major issues tackled by Gusi during the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, Tapa King, and PAGCOR.
Gusi also mentioned the league's solid stand against game fixing, saying the NCAA is supporting the House Bill on 'Anti-Game Fixing Act' passed in the Lower House.
"For purposes of this Act, game-fixing shall refer to any arrangement, combination, scheme or agreement made by any person or persons, who for valuable consideration or monetary gain, maliciously conducts or cause to be conducted any game, race, or sports competition," said Gusi in reading the NCAA statement.
Season 94 of the NCAA kicks off on July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena, with San Beda opening its title defense against host Perpetual Help.
Gusi said the Altas are keeping the opening ceremony as simple as possible.
Perpetual Help alum Scottie Thompson has been invited to grace the opener.
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