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Refugee football star hopeful over proposal's progress

11 months ago May 22, 2014 May 22, 2014 Thursday, May 22 2014 Thursday, May 22, 2014 9:47:05 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- An Episcopal High School student said a his future teeters on a decision by the governor.

Lawmakers approved a proposal allowing students who are ruled ineligible to play high school sports to appeal the decision with a third-party arbitrator. Sen. Dan Claitor's measure would require the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to have a third-party arbitrator to rule on eligibility decisions when requested by the student. He brought the bill on behalf of Clement Mubungirwa, a 19-year-old Ugandan refugee who was kicked off his football team by the association for being too old to play.

"I have that hope that I could go play college," Mubungirwa said Thursday. " I have that excitement in me" he said.

"Thank you, Jesus, to everybody," Mubungirwa's mother, Masika, said.

Opponents argued legislators should not meddle in a private entity's decisions. But supporters said it would ensure fairness for students.
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