Professional basketball champion Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation is struggling to participate in the Asian League championship hosted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) due to the ‘hosting site problem’.
Ginseng Corporation said on the 11th, “The FIBA Asia Champions Cup is held in Iraq, and there is a practical problem that it is difficult to enter the United States, where the athletes and the secretariat often travel, so we decided not to participate.”카지노사이트
He said, “Iraq is a prohibited area even at the company level,” and “of course, if the tournament is held in another country, you can participate. This position was conveyed to the Korea Basketball Association through KBL.”
The U.S. government applies the ‘Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Movement Prevention Act’ to ban visa-free entry to those who have visited or stayed in countries such as Iraq and Sudan since March 2011.
If you visit Iraq on official business, such as an invitation from an international organization, you may be granted permission through an examination, but it is highly likely that entry into Iraq will be difficult as the decision is actually made at the discretion of the US government.
This year’s FIBA Asia Champions Cup will be held in Baghdad, Iraq from June 20 to 25.
Officially hosted by FIBA Asia, this tournament has been participated by winning teams from Asian countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan, Iran, Lebanon, and the Philippines, as well as Korea.
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The problem is that a separate disciplinary action may be imposed on basketball associations in countries that do not participate in FIBA-sponsored competitions.
The Korea Basketball Association was punished to pay a fine of 160,000 Swiss francs (about 240 million won) for not participating in the FIBA Asian Cup qualifiers in November 2020, when Corona 19 was rampant internationally.
It was a measure following the decision not to dispatch the national team for the safety of the athletes, considering the spread of Corona 19 in Bahrain, the venue of the event.
At the time, the Basketball Association requested the postponement of the tournament, but FIBA did not accept it, saying that ‘all member countries must fulfill their obligations to participate in the competition’.
The national team did not participate in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers held in the Philippines in February of last year. This is because corona19 confirmed cases continued to occur within the team.
The national team, which was disqualified from the tournament, was also red flagged for participating in the 2024 Paris Olympics. This is because FIBA has linked the Olympic qualification to a certain extent with the world rankings, so the opportunity for the national team to accumulate ranking points has disappeared.
The Basketball Association said, “We are fully aware of the difficulties of the Ginseng Corporation. The association cannot ignore the difficulties of the Korean club, and Iraq is a travel ban designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country.”
“FIBA may not be aware of this situation. We will actively contact and notify them and devise countermeasures. We have already sent an official letter,” he said.
KBL also said, “The FIBA level has requested that we step forward to solve the problem of the tournament being held in Iraq. We are waiting for a reply.”