THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is bracing for sanctions from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) over the decision to pull out the country’s men’s basketball team from the 2018 Asian Games.
POC president Ricky Vargas said they will send an official communication to the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) on Friday confirming the decision not to send a men’s basketball squad to the Games.
The Philippines was supposed to be bracketed in Group B of the Asian Games basketball competitions along with reigning silver medalist Iran, Syria, and United Arab Emirates.
“I think so. There would be a sanction which is probably in terms of monetary. I’m pretty sure that there will be. What I don’t know if there will be a sanction outside a fine,” said Vargas.
The SBP has already been penalized by Fiba of roughly P13 million for the brawl that occurred during Gilas Pilipinas' home match against Australia on July 2 at the Philippine Arena.
Prior to the pullout, the SBP was actually in the process of changing the names in the men’s basketball roster after deciding to send the core of Rain or Shine's team to the Asian Games instead of TNT.
Vargas believes the withdrawal will not affect the country’s relationship with their counterparts from Indonesia.
“I think they will understand what we are going through and the thinking process the SBP has gone through. The relationship between SBP and Indonesian basketball is quite strong and it will withstand the issue,” said Vargas.