TYLER Tio admitted he was disappointed not to be able to make the Ateneo lineup for UAAP Season 79 due to the absence of a Philippine passport, but vowed to work harder for the next season of the collegiate league.
The 18-year-old Tio failed to become eligible to join the Blue Eagles roster as his Philippine passport was not issued in time for the deadline set by the collegiate league.
Tio is currently a Canadian citizen born to parents who were Filipino citizens. The 5-foot-11 point guard can actually play as a foreigner but that will pose a problem as the UAAP only allows one foreigner per team.
“Basically, we weren’t able to produce a Filipino passport,” said Tio. “The process took a little bit longer. Hindi umabot sa cutoff.”
Naturally, the former Xavier School standout was disappointed not to make the squad, but admitted he prepared himself for any eventuality ever since he was recruited by Ateneo.
“Very disappointing. But I was a bit prepared. I told myself to be prepared. It has been a problem ever since so I was prepared. But also at the same time, when I found out about it, it hit me hard. I tear up a bit but I just have to keep on working hard for next year,” said Tio.
Following the school’s decision not to field him in Season 79, Tio said he will spend time practicing with both Team A and B of the Katipunan-based school.
“I’m going to be practicing with Team A and B. Pero most of the time, with Team B. Twice a week, I’ll be with Team A,” Tio said.