NCAA to Screen Athletes for Fake PEP Documents

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Byline: kristel satumbaga

TO AVOID the controversy that hounded its rival league, the UAAP, last year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will introduce stricter eligibility rules for the coming basketball tournament which starts in June.

Outgoing NCAA President Fr. Edwin Lao O.P. announced yesterday that athletes with PEP test certificates must still go through a one-year residency before being allowed to play in the countryas oldest collegiate league.

"It will give the athlete the time to adjust to his new academic environment and at the same time, the NCAA Board will use that amount of time to further evaluate their papers if he or she is eligible to play," said Lao during the turnover ceremony where Letran handed the rein to this yearas host the College of St. Benilde.

"That way, we will be implementing firmer eligibility guidelines to avoid such crucial situations," he added.

Lao, however, stressed that the move isnat discriminatory to aspiring athletes with PEP test documents since the league just wanted to be consistent with their rules and regulations.

"It may sound a bitter pill to swallow pero para sa ikabubuti ng mga bata iyon. We want to remind them that they are students first before they become athletes. The reason is not to doubt the athletes but to make adjustments to situations," Lao said.

The UAAP was rocked by controversy following the discovery that two La Salle players faked their PEP documents between 2003-05 in order to play for the La Salle Archers. …