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    PBA special board meeting to tackle Gilas participation in Olympic wildcard qualifier

    Oct 13, 2015
    PBA chairman Robert Non speaks during Tuesday's press conference. Gerry Ramos

    THE PBA board of governors is set to gather in a special board meeting on Wednesday to tackle issues concerning Gilas Pilipinas with the deadline for the confirmation of its participation in the Olympic wildcard qualfying looming.

    Chairman Robert Non said representatives from the 12 PBA ballclubs will meet on Wednesday to discuss what has become a contentious issue following Gilas' runner-up finish behind China in the Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha.

    Gilas has until October 18 to confirm its participation in the final qualifier for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    "We'll be having a special meeting tomorrow specifically to tackle Gilas and its participation in the Olympic qualifying tournament," said Non on Tuesday during the press launch of the coming PBA season.

    The PBA has come under fire from the leadership of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) for Gilas' failure to get the players it wanted for the last two editions of the Fiba Asia Championship.

    The SBP has also sought the PBA's full support before confirming Gilas' participation in the wildcard qualifiers, which will be played from July 4-10 and right right smack into the pro league's season.

    PBA president and CEO Chito Salud, however, assured that the board expects to come out with a 'clear-cut' stand on the issue in Wednesday's meeting.

    "I don't want to preempt the (members of the ) board on what their sentiments are as relayed to them by their principals," Salud said. "But the board will have a clear-cut and unambiguous policy on this."

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    PBA chairman Robert Non speaks during Tuesday's press conference. Gerry Ramos
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