UP, Ricafort secure court ruling to #LetRobPlay

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2017 12:18 PM
UP, Ricafort secure court ruling to #LetRobPlay
Photo courtesy of Rob Ricafort Twitter

Rob Ricafort will be playing in his first and last season in the UAAP.

Ricafort will be able to suit up for the University of the Philippines after the Manila Regional Trial Court issued on Friday a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the league decision regarding his ineligibility.

“Rob took great lengths to assert his rights. The court has spoken,” Fighting Maroons mentor Bo Perasol said of the welcome development for him and his team. “Nobody has the power to deny him that right which the court has protected.”

Two weeks ago, the UAAP’s eligibility committee recommended the 24-year-old’s ineligibility, citing that he will be over the age limit during the season. His birthday is in January of next year.

Not long after, the league’s Board of Trustees affirmed the recommendation.

With the TRO, however, that league decision has been put on hold, thus allowing Ricafort to play. “Rob Ricafort chose to fight for a chance. Playing in the UAAP was his dream and now, it will come true,” Perasol said.

The six-foot-three forward is set to make his UAAP debut on Saturday at the MOA Arena. Then, he will help State U do battle with Ben Mbala and defending champion De La Salle University.

Before transferring to Diliman, Ricafort was part of the Team B lineups of DLSU and University of Sto. Tomas.

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