After facing the possibility of fielding 11 players in the Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas is finally all clear to compete with a complete lineup in Incheon, South Korea.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) President Manny V. Pangilinan tweeted that there were no issues on the switch of Marcus Douthit for Andray Blatche in the roster during the technical meeting for basketball held on Friday.
Reports surfaced on Wednesday that other countries may protest the switch of the two naturalized centers because players can only be changed due to injury according to Asian Games rules.
Pangilinan tweeted on Thursday that the Olympic Council of Asia cleared Douthit as the replacement for Blatche following the NBA star's disqualification from the Asiad due to residency issues.
He added that the SBP complied with all the procedures and requirements to make Douthit eligible to play as part of the 12-man roster.
The SBP president later tweeted, however, that Gilas Pilipinas is indeed facing the possibility of an 11-man handicap.
Now that the issues are over, Pangilinan sees better chances for the Philippine team to bring home the gold medal.
— JST, GMA News