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    Default Hagop khatcherian being accused by Saudis to favor Iran

    Political tension is moving to basketball it appears, Hagop Khatcherian Armenian Lebanese and ex-leader of Dashnak Political Party ( Anti Turkish Party) is being accused by Saudi Arabian media to favor Iran.


    here is full article.

    http://www.arabasket.com/2016/02/25/...ack-khajirian/

    Its in Arabic, via google translation

    Saudi newspaper attacking Hagop Khatcherian and accuses him of siding with Iran


    Newspapers and websites in Saudi Arabia launched a blistering attack on the secretary-general of the Asian Basketball Association Hagop Khatcherian accusing him clearly of siding with Iran after the Iranian Union was granted the right to host three tournaments.

    The AFC announced that Iran obtained the right to host Asian Cup Championship under 18 years during the period from July 15 to 24 next July, and championship teams in Asia during the period from September next September 9-18, according to the newspaper Okaz, in addition to the Asian Club Championship during the period from October next October 7-16.

    The Okaz newspaper headlined: "Lebanese politicize sports, allied with Iran against the Gulf Clubs."

    The newspaper wrote: "The decision to strange is happening for the first time in the history of the organization of the continental tournaments, and in a clear reference to the politicization of and sympathy with Iran at the expense of sports clubs and teams and the Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia, which will not participate in a tournament hosted by Iran. The Lebanese Hagop Khajrian is controlled in the FIBA ​​Asia management, especially in the list of teams and clubs qualifying for the Asian Championships, "and it is always as apostasy and Okaz newspaper literally.

    The Area lives tense moments between Iran - Saudi , that it seems even in sports Saudi Arabia wont participate in tournaments held by Iran.

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    To be fair , I said with Hagop here. Iran is a big basketball country now, the gulf countries combined together are disaster in terms of level unless they naturalize 5 - 6 players each.

    It should be most of time anyway China, Iran, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon....

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