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UAAP BMD mum on penalties recommended regarding alleged UST bubble

A stiff penalty may await Aldin Ayo, but the UAAP BMD decided not to disclose it yet. Nikki Collantes (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Amid reports surfacing on what sanctions could be given to the UST Growling Tigers for the alleged training bubble amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Capuy, Sorsogon, the UAAP Board of Managing Directors opted not to disclose their recommended demerits at this time.

"Out of respect to the member-school concerned and the decision-making process of the BOT (Board of Trustees), recommendations of the BMD cannot be made public at the moment," the UAAP BMD said in a statement on Thursday night, moments after adjourning a critical meeting that tackled the report made by UST's fact-finding committee on the said bubble.

On why it decided to keep mum, the BMD explained, "The UAAP understands the gravity of the matter as it concerns the safety and well-being of student-athletes of a member-school."

Amateur sports teams are not allowed to train at the moment, placing the Growling Tigers in danger of getting penalized for violating quarantine protocols.

The said recommendations, according to the BMD, "will be submitted to the UAAP Board of Trustees for review and approval."

The UAAP BOT, which consists of the presidents of the eight member-schools, is expected to convene anytime soon to either approve, veto, or make amendments to the recommended penalties.

Among the said recommendations, according to initial reports, is a possible sanction to be given to Coach Aldin Ayo.

Interestingly enough, reports also surfaced that Ayo is set to resign as UST's head coach.

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