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UAAP sees no 'concerns' over players going abroad

September 21, 2022 - Wednesday 4:09 PM by GDM

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UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag sees no problem with the influx of the players taking their acts abroad.

It was, however, a concern for Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio when they addressed the issue mentioned earlier during the Senate hearing. 

However, Saguisag supports that the student-athletes being offered to play overseas will give them an "opportunity for a better life."

"Nadagdagan lang so this is really not new and so far with these unofficial conversations I've had with the universities, kami naman from developing the youth and giving them the best opportunity to succeed, kami in our view, at least what I gathered it's just in line with our goal to give these student-athletes the best position to succeed and to give their families an opportunity for a better life," said Saguisag during Tuesday's Philippine Sports Association Forum.

"It may be a 'concern' but right now we're just happy where the student-athletes are going."

SJ Belangel and RJ Abarrientos decided to forego their respective playing years to suit up in Korean Basketball League.

Dwight Ramos, who has yet to debut in the college ranks for Ateneo, also accepted the offer to play in Japan B.League.

However, Saguisag believes that this allows other players in UAAP to step up and show what they are capable of.

"This problem not being new to us, hindi naman kami nauubusan ng talent, in fact it only gives other students an opportunity to shine," he said.

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