Board backs Commish

IT’S final.

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) has spoken and University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors prized power forward Scott Aying won’t be seeing action this season.

The Cesafi executive board affirmed the decision of the screening committee to bar Aying from playing this season after their executive board meeting held at Tin Gow Restaurant at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel last Thursday night.

“Both parties (screening committee and USC) raised some important points and the issue has been resolved. The board affirmed the decision of the committee to disqualify Aying for lack of residency. We look forward to seeing Aying next year, that is if he will stay with USC,” Cesafi president Fr. Manny Uy, SJ of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu told Sun.Star Cebu.

The meeting was attended by Cesafi Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy Jr., who also heads the screening committee, and his deputies Danny Duran, Dioscoro Himotas and lawyer Marvin Panares. Others present were USC president Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, USC-BED director Fr. Felino Javier, SVD and Saturnino Mayormita, the school’s sports chairman.

Position paper

Also present were University of Cebu vice chancellor Baldomero Estenzo and Jeff Go and Sammy Sia of Cebu Eastern College and representatives from Velez College and Cebu Doctors’ University.

“It was a very cordial meeting, a very good meeting. There was a spirit of camaraderie and openness. Both sides were heard and there were no heated discussions. We resolved the issue through understanding. There was a sense of magnanimity, openness and understanding. (And) we realized that there is strength in listening and we (also) realized that there are some points that are good for the league,” said Fr. Uy.

Tiukinhoy, for his part will release his position paper on this matter, while USC-BED accepted the decision of the board.

Last Aug. 5, the parents, coaching staff, USC-BED officials sent the Cesafi executive board a letter for re-investigation when the screening committee overturned its earlier decision on the eligibility of Aying.

USC claimed that Section 5 of the Cesafi eligibility guidelines could not be applied to Aying who transferred from San Beda College after playing for Don Bosco Technological Center Greywolves in the 2011 season. USC also demanded a public apology.
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