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06-13-2007, 11:02 AM
FIBA, Baumann sever ties with BAP

The Philippine Star

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has already distanced itself from the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).

After receiving a letter from the BAP regarding the current state of Philippine basketball, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann responded by saying that the BAP “is no longer recognized by FIBA.”

The BAP letter, dated May 22, 2007 and signed by Go Teng Kok who has supposedly resigned as its president, called for a “more workable” relationship between the BAP and the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas.

The BAP letter said the current SBP leadership under Manny V. Pangilinan is preoccupied with the formation of the RP team, and at the expense of all the other programs as previously planned.

The BAP said it is planning to convene its National Congress next month. But it could be an exercise in futility.

In his letter dated June 1, 2007, Baumann stressed that, “the Basketball Association of the Philippines is no longer recognized by FIBA.”

He added that the “use of the FIBA logo on the BAP letterhead is not allowed “ and the activities of the BAP can only be of domestic nature and only if approved by the new federation (SBP).” Abac Cordero

06-13-2007, 11:12 AM
FIBA rebuffs BAP – again

Says its days as member are over


The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) handed the Basketball Association of the Philippines a stinging rebuff, reminding the association that it has ceased to be a member of the federation and therefore it will only deal with the newly-recognized Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas.

FIBA Secretary-General Patrick Baumann was reacting to a letter sent by BAP president Go Teng Kok criticizing the SBP for its lack of a grassroots program, the very same issues that led to the expulsion of the BAP from FIBA membership.

The BAP was apparently trying to get the attention of the FIBA using a tactic that has been the hallmark of Go’s demolition job in his earlier squabbles with Philippine sports officials.

Having been marginalized, the BAP is trying to keep alive its hopes of getting back in the good graces of FIBA by painting a picture of the SBP as having failed in its mandate although the association is barely six months old.

Baumann, however, quickly put Go and the BAP in their place, saying he is only responding to the letter as a "matter of courtesy."

"Following the decisions taken earlier this year, the BAP is no longer recognized by FIBA," Baumann said in a letter dated June 1, 2007.

"As such if I reply to you it is due only to a matter of courtesy," Baumann said, adding that the comments made by Go will be forwarded to SBP President Manny V. Pangilinan.

Baumann also informed Go that the use of the FIBA logo on the letterhead of the BAP "is not allowed."

In his letter to Baumann dated May 22, 2007, Go claimed that the SBP has been preoccupied with the formation of the men’s National Team at the expense of other programs, "none of which has taken off."

Without identifying anyone, Go said that many quarters have been disappointed, particularly the local players with the formation of the Chot Reyes-mentored SMC-Team Pilipinas composed of Fil-foreigners.

The controversial official, who is also president of the track and field association, also criticized the appointment of Patrick Gregorio as Executive Director of the SBP. He argued that Gregorio was appointed because of his close ties with PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.

Baumann was also informed by Go of the appointment of Graham Lim as Secretary-General of the Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF), an appointment which Baumann said is not recognized by the FIBA.

This is because, Baumann said, Lim’s organization is not recognized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) or by the Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) "which unfortunately may create some more problems with FIBA."

Baumann also asked Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. to help the SBP "administratively so that we could have more constant and regular communication."

06-15-2007, 07:44 AM
BAP should complain to Samahang Basketbol, says POC

By June Navarro
Last updated 05:14am (Mla time) 06/15/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Olympic Committee considers the grievances of the Basketball Association of the Philippines as an internal matter that only the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas should thresh out.

POC spokesperson Joey Romasanta said the BAP should raise its concerns with the SBP leadership and not with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), of which the BAP is no longer a member.

“They (BAP officials) don’t have to go to the FIBA,” said Romasanta. “It’s purely an internal matter that the BAP has to settle with the leadership of the SBP.”

BAP president Go Teng Kok, in a letter to FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann two weeks ago, criticized the way the SBP has been handling its operations.

But Baumann told Go that the BAP is no longer recognized by the FIBA and any complaint should be addressed to the SBP, the federation now accredited by the world cage body.

BAP secretary-general Graham Lim clarified that the BAP only wanted to have a more active role in the programs of the new organization.

“If you want an active role in the federation, you should coordinate with the officials of that organization,” said Romasanta.

“However, there’s a big difference between seeking an active role and wanting control.”

Romasanta said Baumann had also asked POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. to assist the SBP in some of its administrative functions to improve the group’s correspondence with the FIBA.

Cojuangco debunked Go’s claim that the SBP has taken its other programs for granted to give way to the formation of the PBA-backed national team bound for the FIBA-Asia Championships in July.

Cojuangco said the SBP has been busy forming the men’s and women’s team for the Southeast Asian Games, apart from laying down the groundwork for officiating and its grassroots development program.

06-15-2007, 09:10 AM
T---na talaga, ANG KAPAL ng mukha ng BAP.

Sila na ngang SUMIRA sa basketball dito sa Pilipinas, sila pang may ganang umangal at magalit na etsa-pwera na sila sa usaping basketball sa ating bansa.

Talaga nga naman ang ibang tao, hindi mo mawari kung saan humuhugot ng kapal ng mukha at tapang ng apog.


Kid Cubao
06-15-2007, 10:09 AM
sometimes it staggers the mind how some people just plain don't get it. sang-ayon ako kay wang-bu, ang kakapal ng mga mukha nina graham lim & company. history na kayo, wag na kayong maki-eksena sa pamamalakad nina MVP at pato gregorio dahil nasa mabuting kamay na ang SBP.

06-18-2007, 11:49 AM
Did the BAP merit outright ejection?

By Recah Trinidad
Last updated 02:04am (Mla time) 06/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The Basketball Association of the Philippines stepped out of bounds and was promptly punished by the international basketball federation (FIBA) last week.

The FIBA officially declared the BAP defunct.

This meant that all BAP transactions with the FIBA would henceforth be rendered null and void

The FIBA, in fact, minced no word in telling the BAP where it belongs -- deep in the dustbin -- as far as the world basketball body is concerned.

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For the record, BAP president Go Teng Kok had written the FIBA to report the total lack of a visible national basketball development program in the set-up of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

The SBP, in case there are still those who don’t know what it represents, is the body that was officially tasked by the FIBA to take over the functions of the BAP, formerly the governing body of Philippine basketball.

For having sent the letter, the BAP received what clearly amounted to as a stinging reprimand.

The BAP was advised that it has no business whatsoever dipping its fingers in Philippine basketball affairs.

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The FIBA also sternly told BAP never to deal with it again as it should transact and do business solely with the SBP.

That move amounted to an outright ejection, no matter how you look at it.

No, actually, it was more shameful and damaging.

After ejection, there’s a chance for the punished party to participate in future undertakings.

Sorry, in the case of the BAP, it was handed a cold-blooded verdict.

It was told it could no longer return to rejoin the league!

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Naturally, there was instant applause.

One concerned female basketball devotee went to church to thank God.

She celebrated and said the FIBA “finally saw the light.”

OK, it was true that the BAP had figured in several flagrant violations in the past.

It’s also easy to read political motivation in that letter -- said to have been prodded by BAP sec-gen Graham Lim -- sent to FIBA big boss Patrick Baumann.

But listen, please. Politics or no politics, that letter by the BAP to the FIBA was not exactly without merit.

The letter was, pure and simple, a timely warning.

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Why? Well, nothing could be truer.

What the BAP had told the FIBA had been said here before.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has remained without any visible, effective national development program.

It also appears that the SBP has dedicated all its richly funded efforts to the formation of a strong national Philippine team in a bid to qualify for next year’s Beijing Olympics.

Well, nothing wrong with that.

But now that the SBP appears inexorably set to put up what should be called the National Fil-American basketball team, it’s about time they look the way of the poor natives among future RP squad aspirants.

There’s always heroic gladness in being purely national.

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