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    UAAP board looking into alleged UP Maroons training during pandemic

    Sep 2, 2020

    DID University of the Philippines also violate the government's health protocols barring training for non-professional teams during the lockdown?

    The Fighting Maroons men's basketball team has found itself on the same boat as the University of Santo Tomas and National University, accused of holding a training session during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Spin.ph sources learned that the UAAP Board of Managing Directors (BMD) has furnished clips of the Maroons' alleged training in Silang, Cavite in late July, around the same time that UP secured the commitments of bluechip rookies Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano.

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      Cavite, like Metro Manila, has been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) during that time period.

      It may also be more than a coincidence that Cavite is being mentioned as the possible venue of the training. Cavite's governor, Jonvic Remulla, also happens to be the Maroons' team manager.

      The probe likely explains the "other related cases" cited by the UAAP in its statement on Tuesday following league officials' meeting with the Joint Administrative Order on the resumption of sports and physical activities (Sports JAO).

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      Sought for comment, Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol confirmed there was a shootaround, although he said it was only between him and senior center Bright Akhuetie back in August 1.

      "Nag-shootaround kami sa court namin, pero kami lang ni Bright," he said. "That was the time na natulog si Bright dito sa amin. Ako at pamangkin ko ang kasama para may tiga-pulot kami ng bola."

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      Perasol even shared a photo of Akhuetie putting some shots up.

      The UAAP BMD will re-convene on Thursday to tackle the matter, on top of the Growling Tigers' controversial Bicol bubble and the alleged trainings of the Lady Bulldogs in the Sampaloc and Calamba campuses.

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