Should they stay or should they go?

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Technically, we can still send a team. Our men’s basketball squad is already accredited. This is our No. 1 sport. Win or lose, Filipinos will watch it,” said Gomez.The SBP announced it was pulling out of the Asian Games to focus on qualifying for the 2019 Fiba World Cup instead.“It’s sad for Philippine basketball fans that we don’t have a team in the Asian Games,” said Gomez. “The Asian Games is just as important as the World Cup or even the SEA Games. The fact remains that we have a team to represent the country.”Gomez said if the SBP remains adamant with its withdrawal, the Philippine Olympic Committee would face sanctions from the Olympic Council of Asia.Sources said the POC would be asked to pay $20,000 for the pullout. It could be the first time that the Philippines won’t be sending a team in men’s basketball since the 2006 Doha edition when the country was suspended by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba).ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Let’s wait and see,” said Richard Gomez during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association forum backed by Tapa King and Pagcor at the tennis lounge of Rizal Memorial Sports Center. “Maybe we’ll know in the coming days.”“We have a lot of players who are in excellent shape all year round,” added the fencing president.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The mayor of Ormoc City added there’s still time for the SBP to come up with a competitive team since the deadline for finalizing the Philippine delegation is on Aug. 9 during the delegation registration meeting in Jakarta.The Games will run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. Philippine chef de mission Richard Gomez. Photo by June NavarroFans have voiced their displeasure over social media. Several sports personalities have also spoken against the decision of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to pull out the national team from the Asian Games. It’s the turn of the country’s chef de mission to the Asiad to chime in with a message of hope.There’s still time for a change of heart.ADVERTISEMENT Sources said the POC can send a team of its choice to the Asian Games as a last resort.Weightlifting goldMeanwhile, weightlifting coach Tony Agustin is confident that the long wait for a gold medal in the Asian Games will finally end after nearly seven decades of futility.“This is our biggest chance to end it. Our lifters are very competitive and have been winning medals in the international meet lately,” said Agustin in Filipino.Opening the door for the Filipinos to figure prominently in the global scene was Hidilyn Diaz, the weightlifting heroine who captured a silver medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Joining the three-time Olympian in chasing the top podium positioning in the Asiad are Asian Indoor Games bronze medalist Kristel Macrohon and fellow Rio Olympian Nestor Colonia.Salvador Del Rosario got a silver in the 1970 Games in Bangkok after Pedro Del Mundo, Rodolfo Caparas and Rodrigo Del Rosario won the same medal color in 1954. Rodrigo first bagged a silver during the 1951 Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Streaking Aussie seeks Ironman breakthrough Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Makes Giroud look prolific!’ – Fans discuss possible £51m bid for new striker

first_imgArsenal are said to be eyeing up Juventus and Spain striker Alvaro Morata.However, it is thought the 23-year-old could cost more than the £42.5m the club paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil if the Spanish side trigger the buy back clause in Morata’s contract – believed to be around £23.6m – having sold him to Juve in 2014 for around £15m.This would then see Real offer him to the highest bidder.Morata has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season and created nine in 46 appearances, but as some fans pointed out, people should not read too much into those figures… 1 Here’s how fans reacted to news of a possible record bid from Arsenal for Alvaro Morata last_img read more