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No more ‘imports’ in 2021

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11:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
1 p.m. – JRU vs San Beda
3 p.m. – San Sebastian vs Letran

Foreign players – or imports as some purists call it − will remain as regular fixtures in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) until 2021 – unless officials of the oldest collegiate league bend their rules again.

Based on the eligibility rules, foreign players, according to Lyceum Athletic Director Hercules Callanta, can still play for the league until 2021 after members of the NCAA Management Committee (Mancom) agreed last year to stop the practice of recruiting foreign students.

Fr. Victor Calvo, Letran’s representative to the ManCom, explained to the Bulletin how the system works.

“Bali depende kasi sa situation yan. Last year was the last year we allowed recruitment of foreign players. They will be going through a two-year residency and will be suitable to play in 2016,” Calvo said.

“Assuming na dumating sila dito na 17 years old sila, they’ll be 19 when they play in the NCAA then they can play up to  2021 kasi they’ll be 24 and masasagad nila yung eligibility nila. Depende kasi yun e, pag yung mga foreigners nakapaglaro na let’s say 22 sila? Di na sila makakasagad until 2021,” he added.

When the league opens shop tomorrow, there are still seven ‘imports”  who will see action – one of them is Nigerian Ola Adeogun of five-peat seeking San Beda College.

Other teams with “imports” are Arellano (American Dioncee Holts), College of St. Benilde (Fil-Am Pons Saavedra), Jose Rizal University (Abdul Razak Abdulwahab from Ghana), Emilio Aguinaldo College (Cedric Noube Happi from Cameroon) and Lyceum (Azzis Mbomiko and Guy Mbida who both hail from Cameroon)