Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter ruled ineligible

Chris Lutz
An hour before their 1st game in the FIBA Asia Championship, Smart Gilas Pilipinas found out that Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter was ruled ineligible to play by FIBA Asia. Lutz and Lassiter can still play in the upcoming games if they will be able to prove their Citizenship.

Marcio Lassiter
The team is now down to 10 players as both Lutz and Lassiter were included in the 12-player lineup submitted as Dylan Ababou and Jason Ballesteros were scratched in the line-up the day before their 1st game.

4 Responses to Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter ruled ineligible

  1. Ver101 says:

    Can you check this one – same scenario with smart gilas

    Belize B-Ball Wins Decisive Victory at Court of Arbitration for Sports

    There’s Major breaking news coming out of Lusanne, Switzerland tonight, as the Belize Basketball Federation has scored a huge win over FIBA at the International Court of Arbitration for Sports.

    It was a final effort launched by the BBA, and the last chance at an appeal to hold unto Silver medals won at the COCABA games held in Cancun in August of last year. But more than that, the win means Belize can now participate in the upcoming Centro Basket tournament to be held in the Dominican Republic, June of this year.

    In September of last year, Belize’s hope to keep its medals was dashed by the FIBA appeals court when that group ruled that 7 members of the Belize National team did not qualify to play since they did not hold valid Belizean citizenship.

    The ruling meant that Belize’s participation in future regional championship matches would be placed in jeopardy as would the silver medal finish in CANCUN.

    This set off an appeals of last resort which was heard last month in Lausanne Switzerland.

    And the process ended in Belize’s favour today with today’s historic announcement that the country of Belize could keep its Silver medals and go on to compete in Santo Domingo. Attorney for the BBF, Godfrey Smith, headed Belize’s delegation to Switzerland; he was accompanied by Gareth Murillo, the Director of Immigration.

    Smith – who worked pro bono for the BBF – says the import of the win cannot be overstated.

    Godfrey Smith, Attorney for the BBF
    ”Very important for the BBF in terms of progressing successfully to the next round which is the CentroBasket, scheduled for July in the Dominican Republic. If the Federation hadn’t won the case, it would mean that it would have to face that, well maybe not even face the competition, because it would mean that we would have been stripped of the second place title that we got. But apart from that, we couldn’t face the competition with the same players that we had played with at the COCABA championship in Cancun, meaning some of the best players would not have been allowed to play. FIBA rules said that we can only play with one person who obtained citizenship of Belize after reaching the age of 16. We maintained from the outset that all of them, every single one of the Belizean players, had citizenship from the date of their birth or from Independence Day by virtue of descent, by virtue of being children of Belizeans. We thought it was a straightforward point. We were surprised when at the first stage, the FIBA Appeals Tribunal rejected the argument and came with some argument about dual citizenship. That the players would have had to apply to keep Belizean citizenship which we thought was a way-out argument or a way-out conclusion. And our position was vindicated by panel who basically set aside the decision of the FIBA Appeals Tribunal and ruled that all the players in question became Belizeans at birth. I should point out as well that it was very important to hear from Belize’s Director of Immigration, Mr. Murillo. In fact, there is a passage in the judgment that singles out his testimony as providing, in their words, comfort to the panel that in fact the Certificates of Affirmation that were issued after the players obtained the age of 16 were just an administrative matter.”

    Jim McFadzean,
    ”So with win, Belize has now set a precedent for this arbitration court for sports, would you say?”

    Godfrey Smith, Attorney for the BBF
    ”You are correct in that there are a number of courts of arbitration for decisions but none regarding this specific matter of dual nationality. So yes, Belize will shortly go on the Court of Arbitration for Sports website under decisions as one of the precedents in relation to dual nationality and how it applies in relation to FIBA games, FIBA-sanctioned competitions.”

    Jim McFadzean,
    ”Had Belize not won this appeal, what have the consequences, the repercussions of such a decision, in retrospect?”

    Godfrey Smith, Attorney for the BBF
    ”Well if we had not found the resources, and had the tenacity to pursue the appeal, it would have rested with the previous decision of the one-person FIBA Appeals Tribunal and that decision would have been THE decision. Namely in a situation like Belize where people have dual nationality, they would have ruled that the nationality of application is the effective nationality where you lived most of your life and spent most of your time. So, in the case of the Belizean players, that would have been the US so they would have been ruled unable to play for Belize so that would have been the precedent for other organizations like BBF. Thankfully, it went further and the matter has been clarified.”

    Tomorrow the BBF will hold a press conference to discuss the victory and the way forward as Belize heads now to Centrobasket in the Dominican Republic.

  2. wens says:

    This Lebanese Deputy Secretary General Hagop Khajirian is a Crap, He ruins the integrity of the sport. he must step down, If He just want to uphold the FIBA by-Laws why just He announced that Lassiter and Lutz are ineligible to play due to citizenship issues just hours before the game, considering the line-up was submitted a long month ago and they have played in numerous FIBA sanctioned tournaments ,Games will be lost and won but this gives undue advantage to any team if the players deserve to play, can they hold a tournament just before the 2012 olympics if they have found out that the players are eligible to play if the team that won the seat is questionable because the games we’re somehow manipulated, The fact shows that Lebanon doesn’t have the chance to win without their star and they’re afraid to be beaten by filipinos, poor Crabs!
    I say use Lassiter and Lutz today against China for the protest against this JackAss Secretary, If the the decision of the FIBA Central goes against us then so be it, relinquish the seat if we emerged as champions.after all we have nothing to loose since we are playing against the hosts today if they stop the game then there would be confusion and the truth shall come out that this CRAB JackASss only gives due advantage to other teams.

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