FOREIGN student-athletes will remain barred from the NCAA as far as next season is concerned.
NCAA Management Committee chair Fr. Vic Calvo of Letran stood pat on the league's decision to prohibit foreign student-athletes from being part of varsity teams in all sports. The ruling is set to take effect in this coming NCAA Season 96.
"As of the moment, majority of the NCAA schools agree na mas maraming negative na nadudulot 'yung presence ng import," he said in the online Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday.
The new NCAA rule got rid of these student-athletes, with only four, namely Donald Tankoua and Arnaud Noah of San Beda, Mike Nzeusseu of Lyceum, and Clement Leutcheu of St. Benilde suiting up in the seniors basketball tournament.
These four were even given certificates of appreciation during the awarding ceremonies for basketball last year.
Officials of the league do acknowledge how these players leveled the playing field in the NCAA in years' past, but they're in agreement that as of now, the negatives outweigh the positives.
"I can enumerate 10 disadvantages. Meron lang silang ma-present na one or two disadvantages, pero kung convinced sila doon sa kanilang position, you cannot argue with them," said Calvo.
"Pero kung sa open discussion, the NCAA realizes na yung presence ng mga foreign players as of the moment has done more harm than good sa basketball."
Last season's Mancom chair Peter Cayco of Arellano echoed Calvo's sentiments.
"Don’t get us wrong. We would like to thank the foreign players for being able to train and teach our Filipino guys how to play against bigger and heftier foreign players. We thank them for that," he said. "But as of this moment, majority support the idea of having all-Filipino."
It doesn't mean, though, that changes can't be instituted.
"Yung rule naman ng NCAA, di yan patay. Dynamic yan. Anything can happen," said Calvo. "Depende dun sa Policy Board. For example, may Policy Board (member) na gustung-gusto talaga na merong import. He can sponsor a resolution and propose it to the Policy Board at pag-usapan natin yan."
"Kung babalik, pwede. Botohan naman 'yan as a democratic association. Kung 10 yan, kung may anim na boboto na ibalik yan, babalik yan. Ganoon sa NCAA."