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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Friday, April 25, 2014

IF THERE is one good thing about the 8th Monico Cup 21 Under basketball tournament, it is that games under protest do not prosper. Whether it is a question of age eligibility or residency, it is just frozen on its way to nowhere.

As tournament manager Jack "Frost" Marañon said it is just a matter of time for a protest to be declared null and void. Actually it is good for 24 hours only after a complaint is officially lodged in the scorebook.

Teams seem to have difficulty writing a formal complaint and supplying the evidence against players who violated the qualification rule.


Unless the MC21U committee takes drastic action by looking into the protest and help the complainant by forcing the protested party to show evidence to the contrary, those who mess with the rules will go scot-free.

If no evidence is presented, either from the complainant or the protested party, it would be difficult for the organizers to straighten its tournament and get rid of "cheaters."

Since protests are valid only in the first round, those who get away with it can play in the succeeding rounds and maybe declared champions later.

Monico Cup needs some sanitizing to rid of "age manipulators" who can easily distort birth certificates through modern technology. While it is exciting to see barangay players display their skills, it saddens us to witness over-aged and non-residents of a village dominating the game.

While organizers have a master list of line-ups, the official scorebook displays "additional names" not in the submitted roster of players.

It is our hope that MC21U "cleans" its league like it "scrubs" the city of illegal vendors, traffic violators and drivers who disregard rules and regulations.

Hoisting the championship trophy has no meaning if the champions have something to hide. It should not remain frozen for long.

Defrosting is easy if you know how to do it.

One is exposing it to heat. Two shut off the switch and blow wind to it.
Either way, the truth will set it free.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 25, 2014.


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