Delegation head Richard Gomez: Win or lose, PH should still send basketball team to Asian Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) — Philippine delegation head Richard Gomez thinks the country should send a basketball squad to the Asian Games.

This comes after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) pulled out the national team from the quadrennial multisport event.

The SBP said the reason behind the withdrawal is "to allow our national team and organization to regroup, prepare for the process of appealing the FIBA Disciplinary Panel's recent decision, and aim for sustainable success in future tournaments."

READ: SBP withdraws national team from Asian Games

"Win or lose, I really feel they should still send athletes to the Asian Games, but that is the decision of the management of the SBP, and with that regard we have to give respect to that," Gomez told CNN Philippines Sports Desk Tuesday.

According to Gomez, the Philippines can still send a team while the formal letter is not yet submitted to the Olympic Council of Asia.

"Yes they can, although they already sent a letter of withdrawal addressed to POC, which they will remit to the Olympic Council of Asia. While it's still with us, they can still send a team," he said.

Gomez said it's always a great sight to have Filipino cagers compete on the international stage.

"The Philippines is a basketball fanatic country. It will always be nice to have a representative to the Asian Games. It would be nice for Filipinos to watch our basketball players engage in the Asian Games."

The country finished at seventh place in the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.