File - Lebanon coach Ghassan Sarkis. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men's national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17 .The federation had initially requested a wildcard invitation to take part last month which was granted by the Taiwanese federation, before they decided to withdraw due to financial difficulties and absence of key players.The Cedars, yet to play a game since incurring a yearlong ban from FIBA in July of last year which was lifted last April, were expected to sport a young squad boosted with veterans like Nadim Souaid, Amir Saoud, Bashir Ammoury and Joey Accaoui.
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