Philippines pull out of Asiad basketball

Philippines pull out of Asiad basketball

Mathew Wright (left) of the Philippines and Daniel Kickert of Australia exchanging blows during their FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier game in Bulacan province, north of Manila, on July 2.

The Philippines have withdrawn from the basketball tournament at the Asian Games with its governing body saying it needed to focus on its appeal against punishment levied on it for the on-court brawl during a World Cup qualifier this month.

Thirteen players from the Australia and Philippines teams, as well as two Filipino coaches, were suspended for their role in the fight during the game in Bulacan on July 2, which was abandoned when the hosts had only one player left on the court.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) also fined the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), which runs basketball in the country, 250,000 Swiss francs ($250,000).

The SBP said in a statement that the national team and governing body needed time to "regroup" and prepare for the process of appealing the FIBA decision.

The Philippines, Asian Games bronze medallists in 1998, had been seeded seventh for the 15-team tournament and were drawn in Group B along with Iran, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.

The basketball competition at the Asian Games takes place from August 19 to September 1 in Jakarta.

 

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