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Francis Tolentino: PH-Australia basketbrawl ‘will leave a stain’

Jul 16, 2018 @ 16:42

Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino, in his Abante column, said the “basketbrawl” between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia will leave a stain in FIBA history.

The Cavite politiko said a thorough investigation must be conducted so that the appropriate sanctions can be given to both sides.

“Bagamat nakapagpaabot na ng paghingi ng paumanhin ang Pilipinas at Australia sa pandaigdigang komunidad ng basketball, ang imbestigas­yon na isinasagawa ay sadyang nararapat hindi lamang upang matukoy ang mga dapat maparusahan kundi upang hindi na rin maulit ang nakalulungkot na kaganapang ito sa mga susunod na FIBA World Cup,” Tolentino said.

“Ang larong basketball ay isa sa pinakasinusubaybayang sport sa mundo, at ang 2018 FIBA World Cup ‘basketbrawl’ sa Pilipinas ay tunay na mag-iiwan ng mantsa sa kasaysayan ng FIBA,” Tolentino added.

He also said athletes must always uphold sportsmanship.

“Ang disiplina at sportsmanship, hi­git lalo sa mga pandaigdigan at propesyunal na liga tulad ng FIBA ay palaging mangangaila­ngan ng pag-galang para sa mga kapwa manlalaro at maging sa kani-kanilang mga bansa,” Tolentino said.

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