Gilas Pilipinas may not join ASIAD if without Blatche

“We cannot just not try and allow these things to happen without fighting for our rights,” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas vice chairman Ricky Vargas said after Olympic Council of Asia rules Andray Blatche out of ASIAD, Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

Vargas said he thinks it’s final but the SBP will make another try by sending delegation to negotiate with OCA in South Korea.

“We cannot just not try and allow these things to happen without fighting for our rights.”

He said that the main factor for pushing Blatche to play is “we want to be able to send the best team we can give, for the Filipinos and for basketball, to fight for the gold medal.”

Other options for the Gilas Pilipinas is to pull out from the event or bring up the case to Court of Arbitration for Sport in Geneva.

Organizers of ASIAD say Olympic Council of Asia requires every naturalized player to have reside for three years before playing for a certain country.