KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (27th FIBA Asia Championship): FIBA Asia on Friday announced that the 27th FIBA Asia Championship to be played in Manila from Aug 1-11 will feature only 15 teams following the FIBA suspension of the Lebanese Basketball Federation. Click here for details on LBF’s suspension
“The Lebanese NF has been suspended by FIBA as of July 11 with immediate effect. Going by the FIBA Internal Regulations no team or official from any of the suspended National Federations can participate in any FIBA competition,” explained FIBA Asia Secretary General Hagop Khajirian.
“We tried our best to find a replacement team, but given the short period of time available we couldn’t find any,” he added.
As a result Group B of the Prelim Round, where Lebanon were scheduled to play will feature only three teams – Japan, Qatar and Hong Kong.
As for the schedule of the games for Prelim Round Khajirian said: “We may move a couple of games from the Ninoy Aquino Stadium to fill the gap left by the games Lebanon were scheduled to play. We are in the process of finalizing this.”
Revised Groupings for 27th FIBA Asia Championship
Group A: Jordan, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, Saudi Arabia,
Group B: Hong Kong, Japan, Qatar.
Group C: China, Iran, Korea, Malaysia.
Group D: India, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Thailand
The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round of the championship.
Click here for the System of Competition at the 27th FIBA Asia Championship.
The official website of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship is available online at http://manila2013.fibaasia.net.
The website provides all event-related information – including Archives, Overview, Rosters, System of Competition – on Asia’s most prestigious event for men’s National Teams.
During the competition itself, the website will feature real-time update of news, interviews, live results and statistics of all the games.