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    Source: POC has informed Asiad organizers about basketball pullout

    Jul 31, 2018

    THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has formally submitted a letter informing the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) about the Philippine men’s basketball team's withdrawal, a highly-placed source said.

    The letter was submitted on Tuesday, said the person with knowledge of the situation, a day after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) officially informed the POC about its decision not to send a team to the Indonesia Games.

    The move dimmed any chance of the Philippine team competing in the 2018 Asian Games amid a growing clamor for the SBP to reconsider the decision.

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      On Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum, Philippine chef de mission Richard Gomez said it is not too late for the SBP to change its mind and send a team to Indonesia.

      The pullout will only be formalized, according to Gomez, during next week’s delegation registration meeting in Jakarta.

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