THE UAAP will tackle resigned University of Santo Tomas men’s basketball coach Aldin Ayo’s appeal on his indefinite suspension “in due time”.
In a statement released yesterday, the league has already received a letter from the España-based school endorsing the appeal of Ayo, who described the punishment as “too harsh”.
For holding a “training camp” in Bicol amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ayo was handed an indefinite ban from participating in all UAAP events and UAAP-sanctioned activities by the league’s Board of Trustees which ratified the recommendation of the Board of Managing Directors last Sept. 9.
This was based on the report that UST submitted regarding its investigation on the alleged training bubble in Capuy, Sorsogon as well as the governing principles of the association.
The Sorsogon City Police and Sorsogon Gov. Francis “Chiz” Escudero later cleared Ayo of any violation of existing health protocols, citing that the Growling Tigers have traveled to the province as working students and later participated in “farming activities”.
According to the report released last Sept. 23, 17 UST players were allowed to travel from their respective provinces to Sorsogon for “farm training”.
The agriculture industry is an essential sector based on the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
It was also revealed in the report that there were no supervised basketball workouts took place inside Ayo’s compound in Capuy, Sorsogon during the lockdown.