Daily Star staff
BEIRUT: Nine Lebanese Basketball Federation members quit Tuesday leaving the administrative affairs of Lebanese basketball in the hands of the Youth and Sports Ministry.
The nine resigning members have yet to be confirmed but the ministry is believed to be starting up a pentagonal committee in the absence of an Olympic committee before the FIBA World Championships which take place in August.
The future of the committee and of the Lebanese Basketball Federation will be decided after the World Cup in Turkey has finished.
In a statement released by the Lebanese Basketball Federation (FLB), the nine committee members that resigned Tuesday are Georges Barakat, Ghassan Fares, Fouad Nehme, Hagop Terzian, Saba Makhlouf, Dr. Robert Abou Abdallah, Tony Dib, Fadi Tabet and Mohammad Abou Baker, who resigned from his post on June 4.
The Federation was unable to comment on what it plans to do in the future or the reasons for the mass resignations.
The move means only four committee members remain, including federation chief Pierre Kakhia, a number that effectively dissolves what is left of the committee with all its responsibilities and authority now passed on to the Youth and Sports Ministry.
The news comes as a further distraction to Lebanese basketball after Fadi El Khatib’s admission Monday that he may not be fit to play for Lebanon in the FIBA World Championships.
Khatib is believed to have fallen out with Lebanon coach Thomas Baldwin, although these rumors have yet to be confirmed with Khatib insisting any lack of participation would be due to a lack of fitness.
“I am seeing a physiotherapist [about the injury] and we will see,” Khatib said Monday after Champville’s victory in the Antoine Choueiri Cup.