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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Philippine Basketball may miss the Asian Games

It's not a good thing that the ongoing problems between the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the basketball national sports association (NSA) leads the Philippines athletes to skip yet another international meet.

It's very likely that a basketball team won't be sent to the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. That's because of the indefinite suspension of the Basketball Association of the Philippines has not been lifted yet.

The RP team failed to defend its title and even stage a basketball event in the 23rd SEA Games, which the nation hosted last year after the POC, the umbrella organization of all NSAs, suspended BAP. This led Fiba, the international governing body of basketball, to ban the country from joining Fiba-sanctioned international sports events.

We must keep in mind that it also failed to defend the 2005 Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championships title.

In fact, Philippine Sports Commission head William "Butch" Ramirez expressed his disappointment over the disagreement between the two bodies, when in his opinion, the issue could be resolved over a cup of coffee.