Quantcast
Latest Stories

Lebanese five Manila-bound, appealing Fiba suspension

By

LEBANON will appeal its suspension and  hopes to still take part in the Fiba Asia Championships next month that will stake three slots to the World Championship in Spain.

Suspended indefinitely by the world governing cage body and stripped of all its wins in the Jones Cup over the weekend, the Lebanese national team, starring the indefatigable Fadi El-Khatib, will still fly to the Philippines straight from Taiwan.

In a related development, Iraq, citing  lack of time to prepare for the Aug. 1 to 11 event as  replacement for the banned Lebanese squad, has begged off from participating. Fiba-Asia has tapped the United Arab Emirates to take Iraq’s  place.

UAE will thus join Japan, Qatar and Hong Kong in Group B in the qualifiers. Group A is composed of the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Chinese-Taipei. The top three from both groups will form another bracket  in  the second round of the preliminaries.

Lebanon was suspended last week because of internal squabbling within its national cage federation that saw two club  teams from its local pro league Mouttahed and Amchit  suing the Lebanese cage body.

Hagop Khajirian, the Fiba Asia secretary general, who is from Lebanon, said that Patrick Baumann, the Fiba sec-gen, and the cage body based in Switzerland will decide on Lebanon’s appeal tomorrow at the latest.

Lebanon is one of the more formidable teams in the 16-nation event, with El-Khatib to draw support from a new naturalized player in Andre Emmet, who takes over the role that Jackson Vroman used to play.

In Taipei,  the organizers of the Jones Cup also threw the book at the Lebanese, who were stripped of all their victories.

Iran regained the title with a seven-game sweep.

Chinese-Taipei, starring a naturalized center in Quincy Davis, finished second after plastering South Korea, 73-60, on Sunday.

Davis scored 26 points and had 17 rebounds with Tien Lei, the veteran Taiwanese superstar, shooting 21.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Fiba Asia Championships , World Championship

  • pinoysadubai

    sayang din yung jones cup kung nakasali tayo baka champion ulit ang pinas

  • kishbuff

    Di kaya na-naturalize na rin si Graham Lim sa Lebanon? LOL



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after gear fails
  • 8 killed in Finland parachutist plane accident
  • $57-B mega plan to solve Metro’s mega woes
  • Aquino vows to step up fight against corruption
  • Santiago scoffs at rushing defense pact for Obama visit
  • Sports

  • Ateneo whips CSB; Davao debuts with win over FEU
  • PH pug Hipolito Banal decisions Colombian in Aiba
  • Former Pacquiao sparmate Porter keeps IBF title
  • Grueling 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas hits road
  • ICTSI Tour big hitters have edge at Sherwood
  • Lifestyle

  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Korean animation comes of age
  • Entertainment

  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Persistence pays off for The 1975
  • Special section in LA fest for Filipino films
  • Business

  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Bourse to woo Cebu stock mart investors
  • Supper power
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Marketplace