2013 27th FIBA Asia Championship Transferred to Manila, Philippines

FIBA Asia secretary general Hagop Khajirian who is from Lebanon and originally appeared to influence the decision to pick Lebanon over the Philippines which made an impressive presentation and was represented by a high-powered delegation led by business tycoon and SBP president Manny Pangilinan said “Unfortunately, the current situation in the region and the on-going civil war in Syria, which has its indirect effect on the countries in the whole of West Asia, especially on Lebanon, creates doubts about the stability that we might not have, at least, till the fixed dates of our event.”

Hagop said that “In view of these facts, FIBA Asia Executive Committee decided to change the venue of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship from Beirut-Lebanon to Manila-Philippines.” – Philboxing.com

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