Doble: Strike one

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Thursday, December 5, 2013

ASK "Kulafu" Posadas, "Bombo" Tony Oquindo and Guy Fuentes if you are in doubt of the title.

The Three Muskeeters of the diamond field are experts in their chosen "field" and have exported their talent in coaching somewhere else as there are no more teams here in Negros. Sad because even the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Educational Association (Nopsscea) do not have schools playing the game.

The Nopsscea Board, headed by its president Dr. Gereon Cabarles of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, is busy parrying protests from its member-schools. And with the Provincial Meet set next week, the Jury of Appeals may not have enough time to conduct its investigation and decide correctly.

Strike one is the case of University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Ram Jade Paul Calma, who was accused of falsifying his documents together with his coach in the collegiate basketball. UNO-R just won the title last November 24 in two games against University of St. La Salle (USLS).

The cold acceptance (dismissal would be too harsh) of the recommendation of Sports TF chair Anthony Carlo Agustin of West Negros University to ban Calma and his coach for two years as prescribed in the Nopsscea Rule Book made it easier for Tony and his assistants to resign from their posts.

Agustin clarified though that he is still a member of Nopsscea Board of Trustees and might run again in the March 2014 election. Perhaps, if given a chance, the sports directors of WNU could have explained the documents in his possession of the player's photocopied transcript of records from National University (UAAP) and USLS.

Indeed, if Nopsscea Rules is to be believed and followed, Agustin's recommendation could have been considered by the Nopsscea Board. But having Carlos Eduardo Legaspi Jr. as the association's chair for committee on press relations (and director of student affairs of UNO-R), one need not be present in the BoT meeting to feel the undercurrent and conflict of interest.

We're pretty sure the Recoletos' representative will not allow WNU's sports director to make it two in a row against the Rams who forfeited Game 2 of the 2013 best-of-3 men's basketball final against the Mustangs.

The present issue, however, is Calma's records from the Registrar's Office of NU and USLS. If the subject player graduated from Mansilingan Christian Academy in 2009, he has only five playing years in a seven-year term in college (Nopsscea rule) even without enrolling or playing.

If you know your math, Calma played his last year this season. Was the Nopsscea top brass aware of this? Was it a simple oversight? What (the) HIC happened.

We thought and we were taught in grade school that (H)onesty is the best policy? Do we still know the meaning of (I)ntegrity or are the people running the show still have the (C)redibility to decide what is laid on their conference table?

HIC, we thought, was a short for hiccups -- the best sound you could hear from drunkards. But this decision on the alleged falsification of documents smelled like a collective puke from members of Hangover Society.

The alleged Form 138 in possession of UNO-R registrar's office may be a clone -- if not a "twin" issued by the school where Calma finished high school. There is no accusation here, for if you look at the accuser's hand, one finger points to the accused but three return to him.

Sportswriters believe that results of games cannot be distorted, but credentials, documents and illegibility can. We hope and pray that all the Nopsscea athletes can pass the microscope of the Provincial Meet screening committee.

If they can't, the runner ups and the third placers are just happy to take over. It has been done before, it can be done again.

No need to return the trophy.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 05, 2013.


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