Following the recent furore that erupted over Tuksâ€™ apparent breach of tournament rules on player eligibility, Prof. N.J. GrovĂ© from the University of Pretoria wants to set the record straight.
Prof. GrovĂ© felt that since the media only reported one side of the story but failed to highlight Tuksâ€™ case that it is time to put the record straight.
According to GrovĂ© the player in question enrolled for a degree course at Tuks in 2012 (all 4 games in question involves the same player).Â That same year he was selected for the U/20 National Teamâ€™s training squad and decided to pursue the opportunity to possibly get selected for the team.Â This meant that he had to attend various training camps in the Western Cape and for that reason the player decided to suspend his studies at UP.
When he did not get selected for the U/20 National Team, the player returned to Pretoria where he enrolled for his studies again passing all his subjects at the end of the year (2012).
In the dispute the independent judicial officer however found that a student may not interrupt his studies in this manner which is the reason he, and the University of Pretoria, was found guilty.Â However, there is no rule in the Varsity Cup regulations or constitution which states any reference to this rule or this specific situation (suspension of studies and re-enrolment of a student in the same year) and it is only the interpretation of the judicial officer on eligibility rules which found Tuks in breach of the regulations.
In spite of this, the University of Pretoria accept and respect the findings.
Prof. GrovĂ© concludes that it is unfortunate that Tukkies has been tainted in the media as an organisation that would deliberately break the rules where firstly, the rule does not actually exist or no clear rule exists to deal with such a situation and secondly, that the guilty verdict was down to the judicial officerâ€™s interpretation.
â€śYes, our aim is to win,â€ť Prof. GrovĂ© ends off, â€śbut not at the expense of the integrity of the game or the university.â€ť
** Thanks to Boertjie who got me onto this – please note this is translated from Afrikaans