THE ball is now in the UAAP's court as the league board deliberates on Aldin Ayo's appeal to rescind the indefinite ban slapped on him for University of Santo Tomas' alleged bubble training in Sorsogon.
The league announced on Tuesday it has received the letter of appeal from the former UST Tigers coach against the ban slapped on him by the Board of Trustees. The appeal was endorsed by the Espana-based school.
"The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has received a letter from University of Santo Tomas endorsing the appeal of basketball coach Aldin Ayo," it read.
"Ayo was handed an indefinite ban from participating in all UAAP events and UAAP-sanctioned activities by the UAAP Board of Trustees which ratified the recommendation of the UAAP Board of Managing Directors last month. This was based on the report that UST submitted regarding its investigation on the alleged training bubble in Sorsogon as well as the governing principles of the association."
Ayo is pinning his hopes on a report made by the Sorsogon City Police, and seconded by Sorsogon governor Chiz Escudero, clearing him of any wrongdoing during the team's two-month stay in his home in Capuy, Sorsogon.
The Sorsogon PNP report concluded after an investigation that the UST team did 'farm work' on an 'agricultural training program' laid down by Ayo amid the pandemic.
The report contradicted the results of a probe done by UST's fact-finding committee, which put the blame on Ayo for the training sessions done amid a government-imposed ban on training by non-professional sports teams.
The UAAP board ruled that Ayo "endangered the health and well-being of the student athletes under his charge when he conducted the training during a government-declared state of public emergency intended to arrest the COVID-19 outbreak," as noted in a previous statement.
With the appeal, the board said it will discuss the recent findings and discuss on whether to keep or rescind the said ban.
"The association will tackle the appeal in due time," it read.