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UAAP metes indefinite ban on Aldin Ayo

Aldin Ayo has been banned indefinitely by the UAAP. Nikki Collantes (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The UAAP gave Coach Aldin Ayo a stiff penalty for allegedly conducting a training bubble in his hometown of Capuy, Sorsogon.

The league's board of trustees on Wednesday approved the recommendation of its board of managing directors to slap the embattled former University of Santo Tomas coach with an indefinite ban.

"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," the UAAP BOT said in a statement.

This means that Ayo, who first coached La Salle in the UAAP, cannot coach in the league unless the ban will be lifted.

"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," the statement added.

The UAAP is now awaiting the result of the Commission on Higher Education's own probe on the alleged bubble, which sparked a mass exodus of the Growling Tigers' key players like CJ Cansino, who moved to the University of the Philippines, and Brent Paraiso and Rhenz Abando, who both transferred to Letran.

CHED chairman Popoy De Vera said on Monday that a show cause order will be given to UST for the school to explain why sanctions should not be slapped on it.

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

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