Foreign student-athletes only eligible in NCAA this year and next

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 19, 2018 07:32 PM
Foreign athletes only eligible in NCAA this year and next
Donald Tankoua and seven other foreign student-athletes in basketball will no longer be eligible to play in the NCAA in Season 96

NCAA management committee chairman Frank Gusi of University of Perpetual Help 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 on 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 Perpetual's Prince Eze, Arellano University's Eli Ongolo-Ongolo, College of St. Benilde's Clement Leutcheu, Emilio Aguinaldo College's Hamadu Laminou, Lyceum of the Philippines University's Mike Nzeusseu, and San Beda University's Donald Tankoua, Arnaud Noah, and Eugene Toba.

Meanwhile, 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 MOA 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 legend Scottie Thompson has been invited to grace the opener.

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