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One final appeal for Andray Blatche

Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche

According to reports, the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee or IAGOC will still not allow Andray Blatche to play in the 2014 Asian Games even with the help of FIBA.

The IAGOC will strictly enforce the OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) rule stating that naturalized players should have at least 3 years residency.

THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will make a final appeal this week as they have a meeting in Incheon with the organizers. If the appeal is not successful, SBP will make a request for Marcus Douthit to replace Blatche in the line-up.

Get well Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Paul Lee and Marc Pingris

Four Gilas Pilipinas players suffered minor injuries in the 2014 FIBA World Cup and needs rest in preparation for the 2014 Asian Games which starts September 19, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Gilas Pilipinas practice starts September 12 in Manila.

Although it looks like Andray Blatche will not be able to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the Asian Games unless the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee or IAGOC changed their position before the start of the Tournament but nothing is final yet and we hope that with the help of FIBA, we will be able to convince IAGOC to let Blatche play.

Jayson Castro
Jayson Castro (Swollen left knee)