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nardy
11-06-2008, 07:26 PM
Manila Bulletin online
Basketball’s SEA Games fate known next week
By Nick Giongco
Friday, November 7, 2008

Whether basketball will be part of next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Laos will be known next week when a high-powered Philippine delegation attends the SEAG Federation Council meeting in Vientiane where it will lobby for the inclusion of the country’s favorite sport.

Basketball was among several sports disciplines axed by the organizers who announced an austere SEA Games because they lacked facilities to hold some events.

A four-man team from the Philippine Olympic Committee led by POC vice president Monico Puentevella will leave Sunday during which they will also appeal for the inclusion of archery, cycling, dragon boat racing and weightlifting besides basketball.

The Laos SEAG organizing committee has approved 22 sports. In the last SEAG in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand there were 43 sports that were played.

"This meeting will finalize the number of sports and events that will be played and we’ll know also if basketball will be played," said POC president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco.

Basketball is a long shot sport to the 2009 edition since Laos doesn’t have a venue for it.

Thailand, which has a boder with Laos, has offered to host the basketball games if Laos would find it expensive to construct a venue.

In preparation for the arrival of delegates from 10 countries, Laos National Sports Committee Vice President Somphou Phongsa met with members of the supervising body last Tuesday.

The participants are expected to delve on the preparations for the games as well as technical aspects, rules for each sport calendared for competition as well as the television broadcast rights.

The Laos Games will be held from Dec. 6 to 15 in Vientiane and two other cities.

Alex07
11-07-2008, 11:08 AM
I think given the enough preparation,RP would still dominate basketball..but with the other sports I just hope it wouldn't turn out as biased as the last SEA games in Thailand.

joesmoove059
11-07-2008, 12:29 PM
yeah! especially the fighting sports (taekwondo, boxing etc..) hehe . another gold for the Phils in basketball? I want to see Joey Deas and Theophile play for RP. :D

LordOfLeyte
11-08-2008, 03:12 AM
Sending an all pro team is an overkill, just send amateurs from the future prospect pool of Toroman.

Alex07
11-08-2008, 05:15 AM
Sending an all pro team is an overkill, just send amateurs from the future prospect pool of Toroman.

I doubt if they would send an all PBA team.I guess sending a select PBL team is more than enough to do the job.I'd love to see the likes of Rabeh,Slaughter,Fajardo and Aguilar on the front line while Joey Deas and Chris Ross would do the point guard chores.

nardy
11-08-2008, 08:46 AM
I doubt if they would send an all PBA team.I guess sending a select PBL team is more than enough to do the job.I'd love to see the likes of Rabeh,Slaughter,Fajardo and Aguilar on the front line while Joey Deas and Chris Ross would do the point guard chores.


I think months ago, Mikee Romero had already indicated the willingness of the PBL to form a team a represent our country. But it is still the SBP's call. But based of an article of Quinito Henson, the gap between SBP Executive Director Noli Eala and PBL Commisioner Chino Trinidad is still not mended. I do not know how this would affect the initial offer of PBL Chairman Romero.

Romero Bankrolls PBL- Backed National Teams (http://www.pbl.org.ph/news/news101108.php)

thadzonline
11-09-2008, 09:06 AM
yeah! especially the fighting sports (taekwondo, boxing etc..) hehe . another gold for the Phils in basketball? I want to see Joey Deas and Theophile play for RP. :D

establish their citizenship first, not another Norwood boo-boo this time;)

nardy
11-09-2008, 09:54 AM
establish their citizenship first, not another Norwood boo-boo this time;)

yup .... or we might again suffer another protest from our competition.

It had happened in the 1983 ABC in Hong Kong where organizers initially allowed Jeff Moore, Dennis Still and Chip Engelland to play in the Preliminary Round and we won handily (vs Kuwait 78-57 and vs India 90-60) only for said wins to be declared forfeited as several teams led by China protested the presence of the said 3 players and pressured the organizers to relegate our team to the 9-12th place classication instead of the Semi-finals. Despite our own protests on said decision and they further penalized us as we were ordered to play with only 9 players in the classification round, inspite of that we beat the opposition (vs Malaysia 85-80, vs Indonesia 95-64 and vs Thailand 74-69). We ended up us the only unbeaten team in a tournament not to win a championship because of a technicality.

We have to remember that in the international basketball competition there are no real friends, all other teams are competition. So just like in the Survivor TV series, the other teams could easily join forces and take you out because you are a threat.

So to avoid that, if we are to field Fil-foreign players let's make sure that they could legally pass our citizenship laws as Filipinos. Let's do it right this time.

Alex07
11-09-2008, 02:05 PM
any news about basketball in the SEA games?

Sakamoto
11-09-2008, 02:12 PM
Sending an all pro team is an overkill, just send amateurs from the future prospect pool of Toroman.
wHO SAID THAT AN ALL PRO TEAM will play in the SEAGames?

LordOfLeyte
11-09-2008, 10:56 PM
wHO SAID THAT AN ALL PRO TEAM will play in the SEAGames?

Think tank thoughts, and there are the notions of sending the national team to play in the competition for a lesser strain on the players while attempting coalescing the player's chemistry unlike sending our players to tourneys where they will be well scouted by the opposition consummating to like the Tokushima fiasco.

asapa11
11-10-2008, 02:53 AM
SEA games? is this the one that is similar to the Asian Games? the one that doesnt have any bearing and is not sanctioned by FIBA?

this could be very good practice grounds for our SEABA bound RP national team of Toroman

Sakamoto
11-10-2008, 04:12 AM
SEA games? is this the one that is similar to the Asian Games? the one that doesnt have any bearing and is not sanctioned by FIBA?

this could be very good practice grounds for our SEABA bound RP national team of Toroman
SEAGAMES basketball is also sanction by FIBA, remember the 2005 SEAGames where in the games were not held due to the suspension of the BAP by FIBA.

asapa11
11-10-2008, 09:23 AM
oh yeah.. i remember but it isnt the FIBA Asia qualifying tournament right?

nardy
11-10-2008, 12:32 PM
SEA games? is this the one that is similar to the Asian Games? the one that doesnt have any bearing and is not sanctioned by FIBA?

this could be very good practice grounds for our SEABA bound RP national team of Toroman

The Southeast Asian Games (also known as the SEA Games), is a biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia. The games is under regulation of the Southeast Asian Games Federation with supervision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia.

Basketball is a Southeast Asian Games sport since the 1977 edition, with an exception in 2005 when the host country, the Philippines, was suspended by the International Basketball Federation.

The Philippines have won all of the men's tournaments when the sport was played except for 1989 when Malaysia won in a great upset at home. The Malaysians are the consistent winners in the women's events

The basketball tournament in the SEA Games is an independent competition among the Southeast Asian countries and does not function as qualifier for any other tournament.

It is the The Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) which functions as a subzone of FIBA Asia consisting of countries from Southeast Asia. The SEABA Championship is a tournament between national teams. The winner goes to the FIBA Asia Championship.

bolabasket
11-11-2008, 04:54 AM
It is the The Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) which functions as a subzone of FIBA Asia consisting of countries from Southeast Asia. The SEABA Championship is a tournament between national teams. The winner goes to the FIBA Asia Championship.

I wonder how Southeast Asia will be represented in the FIBA Asia Championships if the games aren't hosted by Laos...or even Thailand

nardy
11-11-2008, 05:07 AM
I wonder how Southeast Asia will be represented in the FIBA Asia Championships if the games aren't hosted by Laos...or even Thailand

The SEA Games does not in anyway connected with the FIBA Asia Championships qualification.

As I said it is the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Championships which functions as a qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Championship for the Southeast Asian subzone.

The Qualification Rule for FIBA-Asia stated that the top 5 finishers of the previous championship and the host country qualify automatically; the other 10 teams are filled up with qualifying tournaments in each of FIBA Asia's 5 subzones, with each subzone sending at least 2 teams.

From what I understand, there is no appointed host yet for the SEABA tournament leading to the 2009 FIBA-Asia Championship in China and the Philippines is bidding as host for the said qualifier.

onono1
11-11-2008, 09:28 AM
Exactly! Sending a pro-team in Asean Games is overkill no less, let the amateur do the job for our country. I still remember the words of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad who wanted to scrap the SEA Games biennial multi events due to its lowly competition :p Fortunately, nobody listen or heed his wish.

Sakamoto
11-11-2008, 11:29 AM
oh yeah.. i remember but it isnt the FIBA Asia qualifying tournament right?
No its not the SEABA men's championships which is also held every 2 years is the qualifying tournament for the Fiba-asia men's championships.

nardy
11-11-2008, 11:29 PM
TIME TO MOVE-ON . . . . . . . .


Sad day as Laos scraps basketball
By Nick Giongco

Laos organizers yesterday officially dropped basketball from the list of events in next year’s Southeast Asian Games, ignoring the frantic efforts of the RP delegation to have the game played and dealing a blow to the country’s medal campaign.

The Philippines has captured the basketball medal in all SEA Games it competed in and is heavy favorite to repeat in Laos. But with the event scratched, the country will be one ‘‘sure’’ gold medal less in the competition.

Philippine officials reportedly tried to cajole the organizers to reconsider their decision, but to no avail.

Delegation leader Go Teng Kok of track and field and his team will reportedly try one last time today, Wednesday, to get Laos officials to change their decision but hopes are fading.

"Palagay ko wala ng chance," said karate association president Joey Romasanta when asked if he sees a turnaround.

It was Romasanta who relayed the news about the scrapping of basketball after he talked with Go last night.

PSC chairman William "Butch" Ramirez called the Laotian decision "unfortunate."

"Sayang naman with all the efforts of our baskeball leaders," he said." "They’ve been preparing both our men’s and women’s teams, it’s really unfortunate."

"Ito ‘yung isang hindi maganda sa SEA Games, the host country has the option to select sports where they are strong. Nawawala ‘yung direction for Olympic sports.

However, we can’t blame the country, because it’s the rule."


It was not all bad for the delegation, however.

Archery, cycling, weightlifting were approved for inclusion but dragon boat was also scrapped.

Dragon boat athletes won three silvers and one bronze in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand and six gold medals in 2005.

The Philippines had hoped that Laos’ neighbor, Thailand, would continue to bat for basketball's inclusion since it had earlier expressed its desire to stage the games in a city near the Thai-Laotian border.

But Laos officials turned down the offer.

Laos, which is making its debut as SEAG host, has drastically cut number of sports events to be played owing to lack of facilities.

It had earlier announced that its basketball court does not meet international standards.

Basketball was not played when the country hosted the 2005 SEAG but made its comeback two years ago in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, with the Philippines winning the crown.

Athletics, aquatics, badminton, billiards and snooker, boxing, football, golf, judo, karate, sepak takraw, shooting, table-tennis, lawn tennis, taekwondo, Muay, petanque, pencak silat, fin swimming, shuttlecock, volleyball, wrestling, wushu were the first batch of sports to be approved by the host country.

http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20081112140643.html (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20081112140643.html)

nardy
11-12-2008, 01:11 PM
‘FROM BAD TO WORSE’
http://www.dyaryoboy.com
Laos wants woodcourt donors, or will scrap basketball for good
By Julius Manicad
11/13/2008

Laos organizers of the Southeast Asian Games may reconsider the inclusion of basketball when the country hosts the 25th edition of the meet on Dec. 13 to 21 but only if the event is held within its territory.

But Laos does not have a basketball court in any of its few arenas and organizers seem to be waiting for other SEA Games Federation members to donate materials, equipment and construction of the court for the two gold medals it offer, one each in men’s and women’s categories.

With the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), represented by athletics chief Go Teng Kok and wushu’s Julian Camacho, playing lead roles in lobbying for the sport’s inclusion in Vientienne, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny Pangilinan also seems adamant in shouldering the cost of the court’s construction, much more the purchase and importation of equipment and materials to Laos.

Pangilinan offered the possibility of the Philippines co-hosting basketball with Laos, instead.

Go, however, said the only way for basketball to push through is “when somebody donates basketball equipment and shoulders the shipment and installation of a first-class wooden floor to Laos.”

Go negotiations among organizers and 10 other member countries are still on-going, but the chance of holding basketball “has deteriorated from bad to worse.”

In a text message to POC spokesperson Joey Romasanta, Pangilinan said shipping and installing a wooden floor is “not practical” for a sport which has only two gold medals at stake, one of which was won by the Philippines’ men’s squad in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand.

“There will be basketball if it will be played in Laos,” Romasanta said. “MVP (Pangilinan) is willing to sponsor it, but it appears the organizers will not allow basketball to be held outside their country.”

“Masyadong magastos yun, it’s not practical,” Romasanta said quoting Pangilinan. “The transport and installation (of equipment) are very expensive for a sport which offers only two gold medals.”

Thailand, champion in the women's category, also offered to host basketball in Bangkok. But Laos seems firm on its stand, saying it is better for to scrap the event for good if it won’t be held in their country.

Also expected to be formally scrapped are rowing and dragon boat, limiting the total number of sports to 25 in Laos’ first-ever hosting of the biennial meet since joining in 1959.

The organizers claimed that water sports will not be competitive because the Laotian waters are not suited for competition during the latter part of the year.

“They said their waters are low during December,” Romasanta said. “But our appeal is still on-going. They might come up with a decision maybe by tomorrow."

onono1
11-13-2008, 11:20 AM
‘FROM BAD TO WORSE’
http://www.dyaryoboy.com
Laos wants woodcourt donors, or will scrap basketball for good
By Julius Manicad
11/13/2008

Laos organizers of the Southeast Asian Games may reconsider the inclusion of basketball when the country hosts the 25th edition of the meet on Dec. 13 to 21 but only if the event is held within its territory.

But Laos does not have a basketball court in any of its few arenas and organizers seem to be waiting for other SEA Games Federation members to donate materials, equipment and construction of the court for the two gold medals it offer, one each in men’s and women’s categories.

With the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), represented by athletics chief Go Teng Kok and wushu’s Julian Camacho, playing lead roles in lobbying for the sport’s inclusion in Vientienne, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny Pangilinan also seems adamant in shouldering the cost of the court’s construction, much more the purchase and importation of equipment and materials to Laos.

Pangilinan offered the possibility of the Philippines co-hosting basketball with Laos, instead.

Go, however, said the only way for basketball to push through is “when somebody donates basketball equipment and shoulders the shipment and installation of a first-class wooden floor to Laos.”

Go negotiations among organizers and 10 other member countries are still on-going, but the chance of holding basketball “has deteriorated from bad to worse.”

In a text message to POC spokesperson Joey Romasanta, Pangilinan said shipping and installing a wooden floor is “not practical” for a sport which has only two gold medals at stake, one of which was won by the Philippines’ men’s squad in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand.

“There will be basketball if it will be played in Laos,” Romasanta said. “MVP (Pangilinan) is willing to sponsor it, but it appears the organizers will not allow basketball to be held outside their country.”

“Masyadong magastos yun, it’s not practical,” Romasanta said quoting Pangilinan. “The transport and installation (of equipment) are very expensive for a sport which offers only two gold medals.”
Thailand, champion in the women's category, also offered to host basketball in Bangkok. But Laos seems firm on its stand, saying it is better for to scrap the event for good if it won’t be held in their country.



Correct! Its not practical to shoulder expenses to a sports event w/c offers only a couple of gold medals and to a biennial event (SEA Games) w/c only offers a very lowly competition.

nardy
11-13-2008, 03:30 PM
Basketball nears inclusion in ’09 SEA Games
11/13/2008 | 10:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Laos Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) organizing committee agreed in principle to include basketball as one of the sports discipline to be played in the 2009 Games.

The organizers were compelled to include the country’s number one sport after the other SEAG member countries competing in the biennial meet endorsed the sport being lobbied by the Philippines during Thursday’s SEAG Federation General Assembly meeting.

“Basketball in principle has been included after all the 11 (Southeast Asian) countries agreed to it," said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) spokesman Joey Romasanta, who got a call from POC sports and rules committee chairman Go Teng Kok.

Go is the Philippine representative attending the SEAG Federation Meeting in Laos’ capital of Vientiane.

What the organizing committee needs to do now is to address the problem of how to fund the construction of a basketball gym in Laos.

Go said that organizers are looking to convert a multi-purpose gymnasium, which is being used as a venue for volleyball games, into a basketball court.

“The problem now is how to get the money for the construction of the venue. This is what Go will have to work out as soon as he gets home," added Romasanta.

Go, who also sits as the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) president, is setting up a meeting with Thailand basketball officials to find a way to resolve the problem.

Go along with POC treasurer Julian Camacho and Philippine Amateur Swimming Association (Pasa) president Mark Joseph left Laos Thursday night and they will have a brief stop over in Bangkok, Thailand before returning to Manila.

“Go hopes to use that time to talk with Thai basketball officials to see how the two countries can help Laos (in organizing basketball)," added Romasanta.

Thailand, which is also lobbying for basketball’s inclusion since it is the defending women’s champion, has offered to shoulder the cost of the operational expenses during the tournament.

Laos has asked the Philippines to donate the wooden flooring but Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) president Manuel V. Pangilinan has turned down the request due to the huge expenses needed to ship the flooring from the Manila to Vientiane.

“We’re still very hopeful that the problem would be resolved and basketball would be played again in Laos," added Romasanta.

– GMANews.TV

nardy
11-14-2008, 03:50 PM
SBP pool banners RP bid in SEAG
By Abac Cordero and Nelson Beltran
Saturday, November 15, 2008

The team that’s being formed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and being placed under the supervision of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman will represent the country in the Laos SEA Games next year.

Noli Eala, the SBP executive director, yesterday said the team, to be composed of the country’s finest talents from the amateur ranks will see action in a few other international tournaments before the SEAG.

“Well you can say that in terms of impact, the SEA Games will be their baptism of fire. But before that, once the team is formed, they will be exposed internationally,” said Eala.

Toroman is conducting by-invitation-only tryouts for the team. It starts today at the Xavier School in San Juan and resumes on Nov. 17, 20 and 21 at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

Eala said 40 players have been invited, and while Toroman is in charge, a “slew of Pinoy coaches” are also helping out, like Chot Reyes, Allan Gregorio, Eric Altamirano, Fritz Gaston and Sandy Arespacochaga.

Eala, however, said that “it’s very possible” that Toroman, who led Iran to the FIBA Asia Championship last year, will call the shots in the end.

Among the amateur players who have caught Toroman’s attention were UAAP stars Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Chris Tiu, Nonoy Baclao and Ryan Buenafe, La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer and JV Casio, San Beda’s Ogie Menor and Jake Pascual, Jose Rizal’s Mark Sena and John Wilson and San Sebastian’s Arvie Bringas.

There are a few other players from Cebu led by Greg Slaughter that Toroman wants to look at.

Meanwhile, at least three US-based Filipino talents have expressed their desire to join the pool by next year.

Eala said they’re seriously considering to acquire the services of Japeth Aguilar, Ray Parks and Gian Chiu who have all been exposed in US varsity basketball.

“I have spoken directly to Japeth and he’s definitely willing to join us. He can come as early as March if they don’t make the US NCAA proper and by April if they do,” said Eala of Aguilar, the former Ateneo player now with Western Kentucky in the US college ball.

“I understand coach Yeng (Guiao) is also considering Japeth for his team. We’ll be very happy if he can play but I see him as a long-term project,” said Eala on Aguilar who apparently has bulked up and grown up at 6-foot-10.

Japeth is the son of former national and pro cager Peter Aguilar.

Parks, meanwhile, is son of seven-time PBA Best Import awardee Bobby. He’s a legitimate Fil-Am, his mother being a Filipina.

“I have also talked to Bobby Parks. We’ve invited him and his son to come to Manila. Bobby is very happy his son is being considered for the pool. They’re interested to relocate to Manila,” said Eala.

“Ray is a top US NCAA prospect. He’s 6-4, playing guard for a leading Memphis Tennessee high school team,” Eala said.

Chiu is another US-based Filipino high school player standing 6-foot-9.

ankle breaker
11-14-2008, 03:57 PM
SBP pool banners RP bid in SEAG
By Abac Cordero and Nelson Beltran
Saturday, November 15, 2008

“I have also talked to Bobby Parks. We’ve invited him and his son to come to Manila. Bobby is very happy his son is being considered for the pool. They’re interested to relocate to Manila,” said Eala.

“Ray is a top US NCAA prospect. He’s 6-4, playing guard for a leading Memphis Tennessee high school team,” Eala said.


the parks are willing to relocate in manila? oh that's good but ray parks will still pursue his bid for an NCAA div. 1 school i believe.

nardy
11-14-2008, 03:57 PM
Fiba-Asia, Malaysia offer support to Laos
http://www.tribune.net.ph/
11/15/2008

International Basketball Federation-Asia (Fiba-Asia) yesterday offered its support to Southeast Asian Games host Laos to ensure the sport will be played in the regional competition in December.

According to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) spokesperson Joey Romasanta, the meeting between Go Teng Kok and Thai basketball officials yielded positive result, prompting Fiba-Asia secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia to offer his support.

Under their agreement, Fiba-Asia will shoulder the operational expenses, including the salary of tournament directors and other officials to oversee the Laos meet, reducing expenses to be spent by both the Philippines and Thailand, two countries which persistently lobbied for the inclusion of cage events.

POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, however, will send a formal letter to the SEA Games organizers, signifying the latest breakthrough in the inclusion of basketball.

“It will be a very simple letter,” Romasanta said. “At least, we’re now sure that basketball will be played in the SEA Games. This is a good development in our attempt to regain our overall title.”

After receiving a flat rejection from the Laotians, Go and POC treasurer Julian Camacho fought for the inclusion of basketball, even offering to bring it to the country with all expenses shouldered by the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Before the conclusion of the three-day SEA Games federation meeting, the Laotians came out with a compromise, listing basketball but asking the Filipinos and Thais to spend for its staging, especially for the transport of a first-class wooden court that will suit Fiba’s standard.

“Fiba-Asia never turned us down,” Romasanta said. “Finally, we are now sure that there would be basketball in the SEA Games.” Julius Manicad

Silent Killer
11-15-2008, 02:37 AM
the parks are willing to relocate in manila? oh that's good but ray parks will still pursue his bid for an NCAA div. 1 school i believe.

i hope he'll still pursue playing for NCAA div 1 team.

nice team if you have at least athletic 6'10 guy plus a legit 6'11 guy on your team. plus i hope they'lll consider gian chiu and fajardo. thats one tall frontcourt you have.

i do also hope GS will play for coach yengs team. its not that late though.

nardy
11-15-2008, 03:45 AM
the parks are willing to relocate in manila? oh that's good but ray parks will still pursue his bid for an NCAA div. 1 school i believe.

some people are working on Ray to play college ball for the Ateneo. But I still believe they should allow him to try his luck in a Division I US College team and still be a member of the national team pool. Yes I understand their concern that if Ray stays in the US is that he might have less time to train under Rajko Toroman, but I do not see Ray having problems learning quickly and adjusting to Toroman's ways.

nardy
11-18-2008, 05:14 AM
Basketball gets ray of hope
By Peter Atencio
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports1_nov18_2008 (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports1_nov18_2008)

THAILAND will help the Philippines in shouldering the cost of staging basketball in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos.

Athletics chief Go Teng Kok, who just returned from the SEA Games Federation Council meeting in Vientiane with Julian Camacho of wushu, said they have until the first week of December to make this possible.

Organizers in Laos have not yet included basketball as part of the Games’ calendar, which has an official list of 25 sports disciplines last week.

Go said basketball will be added as an official part of the biennial meet after discussions between basketball authorities in Manila and Bangkok are finalized.

Thai basketball officials discussed their intention to have it staged in Vientiane after meeting with Go over the weekend. Go said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chief Manuel Pangilinan has already discussed matters with him as well.

Meanwhile, the ethics committee of the Philippine Olympic Committee yesterday issued a strong reprimand to former POC president Celso Dayrit for allegedly mishandling funds issued to him and to a national sports association he was involved with two years ago.

The body, headed by acting chairman and International Olympic Committee representative Frank Elizalde, scolded Dayrit for not disclosing to the POC and the Philippine Sports Commission what was done to a $7,500 check given to him in 2006.

At the same time, the Elizalde panel also recommended to the executive board that the Philippine Amateur Fencing Association be reprimanded for allowing Dayrit to commit such improprieties.

Pafa legal counsel Oscar Africa was at hand to hear out the Ethics committee’s recommendations, which also asked the execom to require all NSAs to submit to the POC annual audited financial statements.

Lawyer Ramon Malinao, who is the POC’s legal counsel, said Dayrit had earlier tried to return the money, but the offer has not been formally accepted in the past, and after check was issued in the name of the IOC.

The panel also asked the POC to set up a mechanism which would coordinate and share information on fundings given to NSAs by the Philippine Sports Commission.

Such a move will strengthen both organizations’ policies and oversight functions.

nardy
11-18-2008, 05:21 AM
This basketball problem in Laos seems to be making Go Teng Kok more closer with Manuel V. Pangilinan, it looks like the dreams of Graham Lim regaining power is now really on the threshold of vanishing.

nardy
11-18-2008, 02:39 PM
Fiba-Asia to help Laos in organizing basketball for ’09 SEA Games
11/18/2008 | 09:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Laos will be getting a huge help in organizing the basketball event for the 2009 Southeast Asian Games after Fiba-Asia agreed to take care of the operational expenses of the sport.

Fiba-Asia’s decision was welcome news especially to the Philippines, which is one of the SEA Games member countries pushing for basketball’s inclusion to the 2009 calendar. A multi-purpose venue will be used for basketball by the hosts.

Laos has finally agreed to officially include basketball as among the sports to be played in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane.

Laos earlier had wanted to scrap the country’s favorite sport since they have problems regarding the venue and financial resources for the operation of the Games.

But Philippine Olympic Committee sports and rules committee chairman Go Teng Kok worked hard and successfully got the support of the other SEA Games member countries to endorse basketball during the General Assembly meeting of the SEAG Federation Council last Friday.

– GMANews.TV

ankle breaker
11-18-2008, 02:40 PM
look likes go teng kok is slowly abandoning ship.

nardy
11-19-2008, 02:59 AM
Basketball gets Laos’ approval
By Edwin Rollon
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports1_nov19_2008 (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports1_nov19_2008)

PHILIPPINE Ambassador to Laos Elizabeth Buensuceso yesterday announced that the Laos Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee has officially included basketball in the calendar of sports for the 25th SEA Games next year in Vientiane.

Buensuceso, the country’s envoy to Laos for the past five years, relayed the good news to Philippine Olympic Committee rules and sports committee chairman Go Teng Kok in an overseas call.

“Ambassador Buensuceso was so ecstatic when she informed us that the Laos Organizing Committee has approved the inclusion of basketball for the next year’s SEA Games. Ms. Buensuceso really worked hard to convince the organizers how basketball is so important not only for the Filipinos, but for the Games in general. We all know basketball is the most popular spectator sports in all of multi-event games,” said Go.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. immediately sent a congratulatory message to Ambassador Buensuceso, saying “her dedication and love for sports gave pride and honor to the country.”

Go said that before he left for Laos last week, the lady envoy told him not to lose hope as she will do everything in her capacity to lobby the inclusion of basketball and convince the local organizers at all cost to support the sport.

“She really loves basketball. And fortunately for us, Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphayanh, who is also the chairman of the organizing committee, is a personal friend of hers,” said Go.

With the development, the Philippines will get to defend its SEA Games gold medal—its only international basketball title.

Earlier, the SEA Games Federation gave the go signal for basketball after 11 members of the SEAGF supported the motion for reconsideration filed by the Philippines and Thailand.

But the final decision would still come from the organizing committee, particularly from its chairman.

According to Go, Buensuceso said that the Laotian prime minister immediately approved her request after receiving assurance that the inclusion of basketball will not violate any provision in the SEAGF.

Alex07
11-19-2008, 03:11 AM
who's gonna represent RP on the SEAG? is it Yeng or Toroman? sorry I'm a lil confused

nardy
11-19-2008, 03:33 AM
who's gonna represent RP on the SEAG? is it Yeng or Toroman? sorry I'm a lil confused

The South East Asian Games has been said to be the first tounament which Toroman's team would play in but if I remember it right this tournament is supposed to be handled by the PBL.

If the tryout turnout did not improve last monday and yesterday, I think Toroman would have a hard time forming a team at this time. But good news is that the CESAFI has just rescinded it's rule on national players so it's more or less a go signal for Greg Slaughter to join Toroman's team. Am not sure if the same also follows for Junmar Fajardo.

Alex07
11-19-2008, 03:48 AM
The South East Asian Games has been said to be the first tounament which Toroman's team would play in but if I remember it right this tournament is supposed to be handled by the PBL.

If the tryout turnout did not improve last monday and yesterday, I think Toroman would have a hard time forming a team at this time. But good news is that the CESAFI has just rescinded it's rule on national players so it's more or less a go signal for Greg Slaughter to join Toroman's team. Am not sure if the same also follows for Junmar Fajardo.

when will the SEAG take place?I hope they could have their practices after the PCCL.Is the SBP and PBL on good terms?

nardy
11-19-2008, 03:59 AM
when will the SEAG take place?I hope they could have their practices after the PCCL.Is the SBP and PBL on good terms?

From what I know the Laos games would start on December 13, 2009.

There's no problem with PBL Chairman Mikee Romero.

But PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad and SBP Noli Eala are still not cool with each other. This is much difficult as these two are really close friends as they both started in the PBA TV Coverage and as they say when best friends have a falling-out, it is more difficult to mend. But I forsee MVP and Mikee would work to fix this.

nardy
11-19-2008, 01:59 PM
fyi ......


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Cage bodygrooms Toroman as RP coach
THURSDAY |NOVEMBER 20, 2008 | PHILIPPINES

DESPITE expected opposition from local coaches, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has laid the groundwork for the appointment of Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman as coach of the national team that will compete in the Southeast Asian Games next year in Laos.

Toroman, who has been designated as SBP project director, has called for a nationwide tryout intended to form the nucleus of the national squad, a move that observers said would eventually lead to him being named the coach of next year’s SEA Games team.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas elections that installed Manny V. Pangilinan as president has been affirmed by the Court of Appeals, a very reliable source who requested anonymity told Malaya last night.

The court, according to the source, threw out the appeal of the breakaway Basketball Association of the Philippines headed by former congressman Prospero Pichay seeking to nullify the SBP elections.

A recent falling out between SBP Executive Director Noli Eala and PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad also raised the possibility the country’s premier amateur league may not form a team for next year’s Games, further raising the possibility of Toroman being picked to call the shots for the national team.

Eala himself has fueled speculations, saying there’s a "great possibility" the 53-year-old Toroman, who had an outstanding stint with the Iranian men’s and juniors teams before joining the SBP, may be tapped for the job.

Members of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines, led by its president, Chito Narvasa, and recently-appointed national team coach Yeng Guiao, had voiced opposition to the possibility of Toroman being named as national coach, although the group did not raise a whimper when the Serbian coach was appointed SBP project director.

Not all BCAP members, however, are opposed to Toroman’s appointment, with some of them, including pro league coaches, expressing their intention to learn "a thing or two" from the Serbian mentor.

Eala said that if ever Toroman would be named national team coach, it would be part of the SBP’s long-term program as approved by the board.

"It is with great possibility," Eala said. "As what I’ve mentioned before, we are trying to do away with the ‘pick up system.’ We overhauled the entire program and we’re now focused on winning international tournaments.

"In the past, the federation (SBP) was not yet doing anything," Eala said. "We now have a long-term program so we’re taking charge of forming the team."

In a press briefing last Monday when it was announced the SBP was bidding for the hosting of the Asia-FIBA qualifier for the London Olympics, SBP president Manny Pangilinan admitted he expects pressure from various quarters, especially the BCAP, if Toroman is appointed national team coach.

Last year, the PBL was tasked by the SBP to form the national team for the Thailand SEA Games. Responding to the task, the PBL tapped Harbour Centre to form a team that went on to whip the opposition by an average margin of 42 points en route to a title sweep.

nardy
11-25-2008, 02:04 PM
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RP gets ball rolling, forwards basketball MOA to Laos11/25/2008 | 08:29 PM
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) through athletics chief Go Teng Kok forwarded a memorandum of agreement containing the provisions of how basketball will be played in the next Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) to Laos organizers.

Go explained that the MOA emphasizes that Thailand, the Philippines – through the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas – and Fiba-Asia are committed in funding and running the sport.

“We sent them (Laotian organizers) the MOA and we can expect a positive reply in the next few days," said athletics chief Go in Tuesday’s PSA forum at the Shakey’s UN Avenue branch in Manila.

With Go in the weekly public forum were Wushu Federation of the Philippines chief Julian Camacho, who was part of the Philippine delegation during the SEAG Federation Council meeting last November 11 to 13 in the Laotian capital of Vientiane.

“The main complaint of Laos then was that they had no venue to stage basketball. But during our visit, Mr. Camacho was able to spot a multi-purpose hall inside the Laos National Sports Complex that is ideal for basketball," Go said.

Go revealed that Fiba-Asia representatives have already given the go signal to use the venue.

“We can expect the response to the MOA before December 7 (when the complete of events for the SEA Games will be known), and we can look forward to having basketball in the SEA Games," Go said.

Camacho, on his side, revealed that the POC is hoping that aside from basketball, the organizers will also add dragon boat and canoe kayak events in the Laos SEA Games’ calendar.

The Laos SEAG organizers have included cycling, archery and weightlifting to be part of the Games after member nations lobbied for its inclusion.

“If we want to have canoe kayak and dragon boat, then the other members should also do their part. In fact, Myanmar has taken the lead in lobbying for the inclusion of dragon boat," Camacho said.

Alex07
11-30-2008, 04:09 AM
I just Hope this wouldn't get affected by Thailand's political turmoil.Anyways,they could always just cross the border and not use the airport :D

nardy
11-30-2008, 09:53 AM
I just Hope this wouldn't get affected by Thailand's political turmoil.Anyways,they could always just cross the border and not use the airport :D


This would be a problem ..... when you go to Laos and Cambodia, you usually pass-through Bangkok Airport then transfer planes or use land transport.

thadzonline
11-30-2008, 01:57 PM
Only the Bangkok airport has a problem I suppose. An alternative route could be through Chiangmai Airport also in Thailand or travel by land via Malaysia(althought this will be a long and arduous trip)

nardy
01-10-2009, 05:48 AM
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Saturday - Sunday, January 10 - 11, 2009

Basketball included in calendar, says Go

GO Teng Kok, the Philippine representative to the Laos Southeast Asian Games Federation, yesterday said the inclusion of basketball in the sports calendar for the 25th Southeast Asian Games will be formally approved during the SEAGF meeting to be held this month in Thailand.

Go, also the special assistant to Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, clarified that basketball has yet to be included in the calendar pending the formal approval from the federation.

“Yes, it’s true, basketball remains excluded in the sports list, but this is simply because there’s no formal approval yet from the federation. But this is just a formality. The organizers already accepted the plea of other member-countries to include basketball, so we don’t see any problem about this once the SEAG Federation convenes this month,” said Go.

Go, along with wushu president Julian Camacho and POC spokesman Joey Romasanta, will attend the SEAGF meeting set Jan. 20 to 22 in Bangkok.

The 25th SEAG is scheduled on Dec. 9 to 15 in Vientienne.

Internet postings recently said that Malaysia announced its concern about the continued exclusion of basketball in the sports calendar for the 25th edition of the Games, which will be held for the first time in the Laotian capital.

“Walang dapat ipag-alala ang ating mga kababayan. Kasama ang basketball sa SEA Games. Pumayag na ang lahat ng member-countries sa ating request at hinihintay lang ang formal approval,” said Go. Edwin Rollon

nardy
01-23-2009, 03:26 PM
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SEA GAMES BASKETBALL NOT A SETTLED ISSUE
Posted on 23 January 2009

Basketball in the Southeast Asian Games is still not a settled issue according to Philippine Olympic Committee representative Go Teng Kok who is currently in the Laotian capital finalizing details with the host organization.

In an overseas telephone conversation with www.insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports, Go at 5:00 p.m. Friday, the POC official said they were “still waiting for a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister” Thongloun Sisoulith.

Go Teng Kok said “we are still finalizing details of the basketball” claiming that they were having “a hard time” with the head of the organizing committee who apparently doesn’t want basketball in the SEA Games.

He said “we are still waiting for him to have a meeting” which would hopefully result in the retention of basketball in the Laos SEA Games which open in mid-December in the capital of Vientiane .

The 2009 SEA Games will involve 25 sports, down from the 43 disciplines featured in the SEA Games in Thailand in 2007. The 25 listed sports included basketball.

POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said he was “still hopeful” that basketball will be held . Romasanta said “the problem was that they had a multi-purpose court for several sports and there was no scoreboard for basketball.”

nardy
01-24-2009, 06:18 AM
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Saturday - Sunday, January 24 - 25, 2009

Basketball’s inclusion still doubtful

BASKETBALL in the Southeast Asian Games is still not a settled issue, according to Philippine Olympic Committee representative Go Teng Kok, who is now in the Laotian capital finalizing details with the host organization.

In an overseas telephone conversation with www.insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports, Go, at 5 p.m. yesterday, said they were still waiting for a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

“We are still finalizing details of basketball’s inclusion into the Games’ calendar,” said Go, who added that they were having a hard time with the organizing committee head, who apparently doesn’t want basketball in the SEA Games.

“We are still waiting for him to have a meeting,” said Go, who is hopeful that basketball will be included in the Laos SEA Games, which open in mid-December in the capital of Vientiane.

The 2009 SEA Games will involve 25 sports, down from the 43 disciplines featured in the SEA Games in Thailand in 2007.

POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said he was still hopeful that basketball will be held.

“The problem was that they had a multi-purpose court for several sports and there was no scoreboard for basketball,” said Romasanta. Ronnie Nathanielsz

nardy
01-26-2009, 06:16 PM
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

SEABA willing to help Laos

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (PNA/Bernama) -- The South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) is willing to help Laos if the SEA Games Federation (SGF) decides to include basketball at the Vientiane SEA Games.

Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) deputy general secretary Sim Sin Heng said the commitment was given by representatives from six SEABA member countries who met here last week.

"But first the SEABA members must ask their respective Olympic Council to appeal to SGF for the inclusion of basketball in Vientiane."

He said MABA would send an official letter to the Malaysian Olympic Council (MOM) appealing against the SGF decision to drop basketball citing lack of facilities.

Sim said the SEABA meeting had been told that Laos has a basketball court in a newly built stadium.

"SEABA members are committed in helping Laos in the technical aspect provided basketball is included at Vientiane."

Malaysia's women's team won the basketball gold while the men's returned with bronze from the Korat SEA Games in Thailand two years ago.

The Vientiane SEA Games from Dec 9-18 will involve 390 events in 26 sports.

They are athletics, archery, swimming, badminton, billiard & snooker, boxing, cycling, football, golf, judo, karate, sepak takraw, shooting, soft tennis, ping pong, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, weight lifting, wushu, muay thai, petanque, silat, fin swimming and shuttlecock balancing.

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nardy
01-27-2009, 01:45 PM
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Basketball, soft tennis dropped from Laos SEA Games roster
01/28/2009

Basketball and soft tennis may possibly miss the last flight to the 2009 Southeast Asian in Laos.

Go Teng Kok, the Philippine Olympic Committee’s (POC) point man to the Laos SEA Games Organizing Committee, yesterday admitted basketball and soft tennis were not part of the official list of events the Laos organizers have recently released.

He said the deputy prime minister of Laos, Somsavat Lengsavad, shot down the idea of hosting basketball, saying the tiny democratic state has no venue, no fund and no able personnel to oversee the hosting of cage events.

Lengsavad is also the chairman of the SEA Games organizing committee of Laos.

Go, however, said it is just a case of “misinformation” since the deputy prime minister has no idea that basketball will be a joint project among three countries; Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand, with Fiba-Asia lending technical support.

Same goes with soft tennis, which organizers previously want to link with the traditional lawn tennis to save fund.

“Officially basketball and soft tennis are not part of the official SEA Games calendar,” said Go, who arrived from Laos last Saturday. “But I believe I can accomplish it, all we need is just a good diplomatic relationship with the organizers. I am still very optimistic.”

Go said he will leave for Thailand anytime soon to talk with Thai basketball officials and map out a strategy that would convince Lengsavad to include basketball and soft tennis in the biennial meet.

Go consistently claims to enjoy a good relationship with other Southeast Asian sports officials.

“They just can’t turn me down,” Go said. “It just wasn’t explained to him (Lengsavad) properly. I know when I go there — kayang-kaya ko yan.” Julius Manicad

nardy
01-28-2009, 12:40 PM
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No hoops in Laos, but Philippine sports officials are not giving up
Written by Reuben Terrado / Reporter
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 01:00

LAOS has excluded basketball—men and women—on the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games program.

And the way it looks, it is official.

But Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officials will again try to convince the hosts to include the sport closest to the heart of Filipinos.

And to do that would mean vigorous campaigns and lobbying, including seeking the help of Antonio Cabangon Chua, the country’s former ambassador to the land-locked country.

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Cabangon Chua, according to Go Teng Kok, the POC sports and rules committee head, has developed a deep relationship with Laotian government officials during his tenure as ambassador.

The head of the Laos SEA Games Organizing Committee, Laos Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad, is believed to be a good friend of Cabangon Chua, according to Go.

Go had initially tried to appeal basketball’s inclusion when the SEA Games Federation Council met over the weekend, but Lengsavad failed to attend the meeting because he had a previous engagement with the Thai prime minister who was visiting the country.

The POC, Go said, would write Cabangon Chua very soon to explain the predicament and seek his help.

Go said that ironically, even the Laos Olympic Committee, just like the 10 other SEA Games members, is agreeable to the inclusion of basketball. “But the decision fell on the deputy prime minister’s lap,” he said.

Go said the hosts could have dropped basketball because they don’t play the game and they don’t have the facility to host the sport.

“The officers of the Laos basketball federation are still new. But we have already told them that we are willing to help with the technical requirements,” said Go, who was with wushu head Julian Camacho in the meeting.

“We remain hopeful that basketball will be included because it was agreed upon by all member-nations about the inclusion of basketball,” said Go.

Ever since basketball—particularly in the men’s division—was included in the SEA Games program in 1977, the Philippines has captured the gold each time except in 1989. In 2005 basketball was not on the calendar when the country hosted the Games because of the Fiba suspension on the Philippines.

Soft tennis was also excluded from the program, Go said.

Archery, weighlifting and cycling have officially been included bringing the number of sports to 25. The other sports are athletics, swimming, badminton, billiard and snooker, boxing, football, golf, judo, karate, sepak takraw, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, muay thai, petanque, pencak silat, fin swimming and shuttlecock.

nardy
01-30-2009, 04:10 PM
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GTK asked for Ramos' help
by Russell Cadayona
Updated January 31, 2009 12:00 AM

FULL STORY (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=436122&publicationSubCategoryId=95)

nardy
02-02-2009, 01:41 PM
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Monday, February 2, 2009

Mendoza: No basketball in Laos?
By Al Mendoza

ONE thing I don't like with the SEA Games is the host country has a virtual say on what games it would want to host.

Always, it's the host's wish that prevails.

Take, for example, the Laos SEA Games set in December in Vientiane.

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Laos, as host, is telling us now what disciplines are to be played.

It has put football No. 1 in its list.

It hasn't put basketball last.

Instead, it has consigned basketball to purgatory. Meaning, no basketball in the SEA Games. Nada.

"We have no basketball in Laos," the Laos hosts said. "We don't play the game."

How true. The country does not even have a basketball court.

Without a basketball court, Laos, therefore, has no basketball gym.

In a sense, I can't blame Laos. Just like the Philippines and most Asian countries, let alone SEA countries, Laos has a population whose average height is 5-foot-6. Anyone standing six feet and above is an oddity.

But the country has lots of football fields - football being Laos' national pastime just like the rest of our Asian neighbors.

Well, for one, football, unlike basketball, doesn't require height to excel in the game.

Five-footers, six-footers, they are all equal in football.

Not in basketball, where height is always might.

In Laos, there is not even a national basketball association.

The Philippines, together with Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, have appealed to restore basketball in the December SEA Games.

Thailand has even pledged to finance the construction of a basketball gym for the Games.

FIBA-Asia has also offered to provide technical assistance to run the basketball tournament.

Laos hasn't responded. N'yet.

This is the second time that Laos has scrapped basketball from the 2009 SEA Games calendar.

Why Laos did it again boggles the mind.

The SEA Games is an Olympic calendar. We can't tolerate flip-floppers here.

We won the last basketball gold in 2007 and we are again favored to win it this year.

It will be a terrible blow, especially for the country, should basketball not be restored.

Because for us, Pinoys, any SEA Games event without basketball is as empty as the head of anyone still professing allegiance to Ate Glue.

nardy
02-06-2009, 06:45 AM
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Basketball to get green light in Laos

THERE’s a good chance that basketball will be included in the calendar of events in the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Laos, after all.

Philippine Olympic Committee media bureau chief Joey Romasanta said yesterday that the Philippines’ bid to include basketball in the biennial meet got a big boost after no less than Laos Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Dr. Thongloun Sisouilith promised to personally lobby for the inclusion of the sport for the Dec. 8 to 15 meet.

“We’re very optimistic that basketball will be played in Laos. Our friends in the diplomatic corps have been very supportive of our plea and they are lobbying very hard for the inclusion of the sport. As of the moment, we received positive response and it’s only a matter of time before the organizers accept our appeal,” said Romasanta.

According to Romasanta, former Laos ambassador and Overseas Media Correspondent president Antonio “Tony” Cabangon Chua made a personal appeal for the inclusion of basketball to Sisouilith, a longtime associate and friend.

Chua told Romasanta that Sisouilith promised him that the inclusion of basketball in the SEA Games is already “a done deal.”

“We’re very grateful for the efforts of Mr. Cabangon Chua. His persistent lobbying is a plus factor for the organizers to reconsider their earlier decision to exclude basketball,” said Romasanta.

Actually, the Laos organizers have already signed the memorandum of agreement, which said that the Philippines will provide assistance and management and supervision of the technical aspect for basketball.

But surprisingly, in the official lists of sports released last week by the organizers, basketball was not included.

“We have stated in the memorandum of agreement the important aspects on how Laos can host basketball like the venue and money in which Fiba Asia will help. But in the end, hindi pa rin nakasama ang basketball.” Ronnie Nathanielsz and Edwin Rollon

Alex07
02-08-2009, 03:00 AM
The green light has been turning on and off like a disco light.:D

nardy
02-08-2009, 08:00 PM
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Hoops pushed for Laos SEA Games
By Joaquin Henson Updated February 09, 2009 12:00 AM

JAKARTA – SEABA president Erick Thohir of Indonesia said yesterday the lobby to include basketball in the Laos Southeast Asian (SEA) Games late this year is strong and he hopes the clamor will convince organizers to add the sport in the calendar.

Thohir, 37, is an influential business leader in the SEA region. He presides over Republika, the largest Muslim newspaper in Indonesia, at least two TV networks and a large coal mining company. His family is reputedly among the top 10 richest in the country with interests in mining, media, real estate and banking.

SBP executive director Noli Eala contacted Thohir from Manila by phone and arranged an interview with The STAR here.

“Of course, it’s important to SEABA for basketball to be played in the SEA Games,” said Thohir. “We are asking each member country of SEABA to obtain an endorsement from its National Olympic Committee and submit a written appeal to the Laos government for the inclusion of basketball.”

Thohir said he is not giving up hope.

“What is surprising is I was recently told by the secretary-general of the Laos association that basketball is now the second most popular sport next to soccer,” said Thohir. “It makes even more sense for basketball to be included in the SEA Games. I find it difficult to imagine a SEA Games without basketball.”

Thohir said once the letters of appeal are received, he will personally fly to Laos and in behalf of SEABA, confer with organizers in a last ditch attempt to include basketball.

“Hopefully, we’ll get it done,” said Thohir. “It’s still possible.”

Eala said the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the SBP are joining the SEABA lobby for basketball. POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. has designated special assistant Go Teng Kok to spearhead the Philippines’ own lobby. Former Philippine Ambassador to Laos Antonio Cabangon-Chua is supporting the effort.

Meanwhile, Thohir confirmed that Jakarta will host the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup on May 12-20. However, the SEABA qualifying tournament is not yet set with Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila expected to bid for the hosting rights.

The FIBA-Asia Champions Cup will convene 10 teams with host Indonesia guaranteed a slot. The SEABA champion will earn a ticket as the other entry from the region. Lebanon, Qatar and Iran will represent West Asia. One country will come from East Asia where China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan are situated. Kazakhstan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Jordan will complete the cast.

Thohir proudly pointed out that Indonesia won the last SEABA Champions Cup.

Two imports are allowed for each team in the Champions Cup. But it’s not certain if the Philippines will bring in reinforcements unless Serbian coach Rajko Toroman decides to try out Golden State Warriors veteran Chris Taft who is applying for naturalization.

Taft’s agent Bill McCandless has agreed to send the 6-10 forward to Manila for a “trial” period but Eala said the SBP is still studying its options.

For the SEABA Champions Cup, the Philippines will be represented by Toroman’s national developmental squad whose mainstays include Chris Tiu, Dylan Ababou, Rico Maierhofer, J. V. Casio, Greg Slaughter, J. R. Cawaling, Mark Barroca, R. J. Jazul, Rey Guevarra, Jason Ballesteros, Magi Sison and Mac Baracael.

Thohir said he recently met SBP chairman Manny V. Pangilinan during the PBA game between Talk ‘N’ Text and San Miguel Beer in Singapore.

“I have the highest respect for the SBP,” said Thohir. “I met Noli when he was still the PBA commissioner. Through his efforts, we brought Talk ‘N’ Text and Ginebra to play in Jakarta. Noli was also instrumental in bringing Filipino pros to play in Indonesia. The PBA was the model we used in organizing our own league.”

Thohir said the global financial crisis has led to cutbacks in sports budgets.

“We used to employ Filipino players,” he said. “Now, we only have Filipino coaches - Boysie Zamar in Medan and Bong Ramos in Surabaya. Even in F1, budgets are being slashed from $300 million to as low as $50 million.”

tedsulit
02-26-2009, 04:53 PM
From Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines - Take out one sure gold medal for Team RP in the SEA Games.

The Southeast Asian Games Federation on Wednesday officially scrapped basketball from the calendar of events in this year’s SEA Games in Laos.

“The SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) is saddened by the decision of Laos to exclude a major sports discipline from the SEA Games calendar this year,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala in a statement yesterday.

“The SBP did everything reasonably possible and fairly necessary to support the Philippine Olympic Committee’s initiatives to push for basketball’s inclusion,” he added.

Athletics chief Go Teng Kok left the country early this week in a make-or-break bid to convince members of the SEAGF to include basketball in the SEAG slated Dec. 9-18 in Vientiane.

The Philippines has dominated basketball in the regional competition for years.

“Let’s just leave it at that and respect the decision of the SEAGF,” said Philippine Olympic Committee spokesman Joey Romasanta.

The SBP, however, vowed to push for Olympic sports to be mandatory events in future biennial meets.

“In light of this unfortunate development, the SBP is calling on the SEA Games to enact policies to ensure major sports in future editions of the SEA Games,” Eala said.

“While this is admittedly an unexpected setback to our long-term programs, the SBP is also confident the Philippine campaign in Laos will not be greatly affected by this development despite the loss of a certain medal in basketball,” he added.

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02-27-2009, 02:18 AM
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It's final, basketball out of Laos Southeast Asian Games
By Joey Villar Updated February 27, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Take out one sure gold medal for Team RP in the SEA Games.

The Southeast Asian Games Federation on Wednesday officially scrapped basketball from the calendar of events in this year’s SEA Games in Laos.

“The SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) is saddened by the decision of Laos to exclude a major sports discipline from the SEA Games calendar this year,” said SBP executive director Noli Eala in a statement yesterday.

“The SBP did everything reasonably possible and fairly necessary to support the Philippine Olympic Committee’s initiatives to push for basketball’s inclusion,” he added.

Athletics chief Go Teng Kok left the country early this week in a make-or-break bid to convince members of the SEAGF to include basketball in the SEAG slated Dec. 9-18 in Vientiane.

The Philippines has dominated basketball in the regional competition for years.

“Let’s just leave it at that and respect the decision of the SEAGF,” said Philippine Olympic Committee spokesman Joey Romasanta.

The SBP, however, vowed to push for Olympic sports to be mandatory events in future biennial meets.

“In light of this unfortunate development, the SBP is calling on the SEA Games to enact policies to ensure major sports in future editions of the SEA Games,” Eala said.

“While this is admittedly an unexpected setback to our long-term programs, the SBP is also confident the Philippine campaign in Laos will not be greatly affected by this development despite the loss of a certain medal in basketball,” he added.

Sakamoto
02-27-2009, 03:10 AM
what a sad turn of events!

Just imagine they are working out a Professional Basketball in a SEA region and yet there is no basketball in the SEAgames.

TrueBluePinoy
02-27-2009, 06:57 AM
What a coincidence that the host country's name sounds like the filipino word for "You Suck"!!