THE Philippine Sports Commission has urged the country's basketball federation to reconsider its decision not to send a team to the 2018 Asian Games for the sake of this basketball-mad nation.
PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez said he was saddened by the SBP decision not to send a team to the quadrennial event despite the abundance of outstanding players that can form a competitive national team.
"The SBP must reconsider not sending a team to the Asian Games," Ramirez told reporters. "I received a lot of feedbacks to request SBP to reconsider their decision para sa bayan. And we are here to support the delegation."
Ramirez rued the PSC wasn't consulted when the SBP leadership made the decision.
“There was no consultation with the PSC. It was an SBP decision,” said Ramirez. “It is the government, through the PSC, which is the one funding the Asian Games, those who are qualified as per the Asian Games Federation rules and requirement.”
The SBP has already closed the door on any possibility it will have a change of heart after officially informing the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) about its decision on Tuesday.
The federation instead will focus on the country’s campaign in the second round of the Fiba World Cup qualifiers next month as well as the hosting of the world championship in 2023.
The PSC regretted the unpopular SBP stand.
“The Philippines is a basketball country and the mass media and social media are critical of the situation,” said Ramirez. “The Philippines is qualified to participate in the Asian Games and it is not true that we don’t have outstanding basketball players.”
Ramirez said the PBA could have helped a lot in the formation of the team, which the PSC would have supported all-out had the SBP not pulled out.