Gilas Pilipinas have been left with two choices now: either play in the Olympic qualifier or face sanctions from FIBA. Philippines, runner-up of the recently concluded FIBA Asia Championship, are scheduled to feature in the Olympic qualifying tournament starting July 5-6 around three cities in the world.
FIBA Internal regulation rule 2 clearly states that any team puling out of a competition after qualification can face sanctions. In this case, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) may face sanctions if they don’t feature in the tournament.
“All national federations whose teams are taking part in main official competitions of FIBA must provide to FIBA or to the appropriate FIBA body a declaration signed by the President and/or the Secretary General of the national member federation confirming that by taking part in any official competition qualifying for another official competition, the national member federation commits to register its national team(s) and to ensure their participation in the competition to which they have qualified,” the FIBA rule book states.
“A failure to abide by the obligations to register and/or participate in the competition for which a national team has qualified may result in sanctions being imposed on the relevant national federation as provided by article 2-103.”
FIBA has already scrutinized SBP’s outgoing president Manny V Pangilinan‘s intent of pulling out of the 18-teamtournament.
“My view is that, I’m not saying we will get chosen for the wild card, but frankly my view is that we should opt out of it,” Pangilinan had said. “And plan further ahead towards 2017 when the pre-qualification games are started to get played for the 2019 World Cup. We should prepare better for that.”
Four days later, he stepped down from the post of SBP President.
42-year-old center Asi Tauluva still has fireworks to deliver. He will join Gilas teammate Calvin Abueva in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final.
“Asi Taulava will replace Vic Manuel, who begged off due to personal problems,” Manila North team’s coach Eric Altamirano wrote in a text message.