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Report: FIBA suspends Lebanon for 4 years

July 18, 2013

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon’s Olympic Committee says the International Basketball Federation has suspended Lebanon’s basketball federation for four years because of political bickering between two clubs.

Jean Hammam says Lebanon will be prevented from taking part in the Asia Championship in the Philippines next month, according to the state-run National News Agency on Thursday.

Basketball is one of Lebanon’s most popular sports, and top clubs are owned or funded by politicians, including the president’s family and Cabinet ministers.

FIBA stripped Lebanon this year of the hosting rights for the Asia Championship, because of the conflict in neighboring Syria.

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