POC concerned over Gilas' Asian Games stint ahead of Fiba sanctions | Inquirer Sports

POC concerned over Gilas’ Asian Games stint ahead of Fiba sanctions

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 12:50 AM July 06, 2018

POC secretary general Pato Gregorio (left) beside PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial during the meeting with Gilas Pilipinas and SBP. Photo by Bong Lozada

The ugly melee between the Philippines and Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers could have an effect not just on the basketball landscape but also on the continental stage.

A few days after the brawl, the idea that Gilas could likely miss the Asian Games in Indonesia in August suddenly got footing.

ADVERTISEMENT

Patrick Gregorio, the Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general, said Fiba might take into consideration the Philippines’ participation in the basketball tournament in Jakarta after what happened in Bulacan.

“To be very honest, one reason why we have to process this together is because of the Asian Games,” said Gregorio Thursday at PBA office after a meeting with Gilas players, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio.

FEATURED STORIES

“We have to anticipate that Fiba will consider our participation there.”

Gilas and the Boomers got into a  free-for-all in the third quarter of their World Cup Qualifier that saw a total of 13 players get ejected, nine Filipinos and four Australians.

Gregorio, who indicated Gilas’ exclusion would be a worst-case scenario, said Indonesian officials know of the Philippines’ predicament and that they wouldn’t want Gilas to be left out of the Asian Games.

Apart from Indonesia’s hosting duties for the Asian Games, the country will also host the 2023 World Cup with the Philippines and Japan.

“Indonesia is our partner in 2023 and we want to be there,” said Gregorio. “We want to play there and it’s for our country. We hope that what happened will not affect our participation in the Asian Games. We want to be a part of it.”

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Asian Games, Basketball, FIBA, Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, PBA, SBP
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.