The Lebanese Basketball Federation decided today to keep the number of foreign players to two and not three like it was suggested (weirdly enough) by most Lebanese teams. I think it’s the right decision and I hope the teams will accept it so that the league kicks off the soonest.
As I said on previous occasions, allowing three foreign players on each team will basically kill the game in Lebanon. The arguments presented by few teams are invalid and don’t make any sense.
Nicolas Amiouni has officially won the Rally of Lebanon and has ended Roger Feghali’s 10-year run. It is worthy noting that Roger Feghali was out since day2 due to an accident. You can check out all the stages updates and pictures on [biser3a.com].
Congrats to Nicolas!
I really applaud Rayane for compiling all these events and speeches and coming up with this great documentary. Politics and religion are ruining sports in this country and we are all to blame for that. I’ve been raising this issue forever and asking to keep politics and religion away from basketball and football in Lebanon but as long as we have a corrupt system and powerless federations, then there’s no hope in any change.
Carlin racer Felipe grabbed his fourth GP2 victory of the season at Spa-Francorchamps today and closed the gap on points leader Jolyon Palmer. Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr is a Brazilian-Lebanese auto racing driver. He is the 2009 Formula BMW Europe season champion and the 2011 British Formula Three season champion. He is also the official test driver for Williams F1 Team.
All racing drivers love winning at Spa-Francorchamps as it’s one of the most beautiful and exciting races. It’s personally my all-time favorite.
Congrats to Felipe and I hope we will see him in F1 soon.
Annahar is saying Brazil may call off the friendly game they had planned with Lebanon on September 4, mainly for security reasons.
Since this is just the Olympic team, I don’t think they will need that much protection but safety comes first I guess. In all cases, I hope they will make because a lot of people are excited about this game in Beirut.
There’s a Hannibal race taking place in Lebanon on September 7th at Zaarour from 8am till 5pm. There are two types of races, the 7K and the 15K both with obstacles. It’s a pretty tough race so think twice before joining it as you won’t be able to finish unless you are fit.
Check out more info [Here].
I am really surprised that basketball players in Lebanon are still quiet over what’s happening recently. The Lebanese Federation may be obliged to take a decision soon that will literally kill basketball in Lebanon and harm first and foremost the Lebanese players. As you can see from the report, All the teams (except Riyadi) want 3 foreign players instead of 2 and their arguments are as follows:
Allowing three foreign players:
– will increase competitiveness.
– allow the Lebanese players to improve.
– lower the budgets of all the teams.
What they are basically saying is that Lebanese basketball players are overpriced and that they’d rather overpay one additional foreign player than invest in Lebanese. Honestly speaking, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard and that can ever be implemented. If anything, the teams should allow only one foreign player and the federation can always bring down the salaries for Lebanese players if they find them outrageous and high (which they are not).
If the teams are suffering financially, it’s because they’ve been spending massively on foreign players (instead of spending on young talents) in the past years in order to clinch the title, and I am sure they will do the same as soon as their financial situation improves and spend even more on foreign players since they will be allowed three.
I am really glad the president of the FLB Walid Nassar is against allowing three foreign players and I really hope he doesn’t change his mind and look for alternatives. Speaking of alternatives, here’s what I suggest:
1- Set a yearly budget range (between 750K and 1.5M) that all teams must abide by.
2- Allow 1 or 2 foreign players only and LIMIT the spending on foreign players to 25% of the total budget.
3- Force the teams to implement a 3-year financial plan.
4- Form a committee to follow up on the team’s spending and penalize those who fail to show a positive balance within 5 years.
That’s one of the ways to improve Basketball in Lebanon and I am sure there are other alternatives. Asking for three foreign players will bring the game 10 years back.
Five teams have apparently threatened to withdraw from the championship if three foreign players won’t be allowed next season. I really don’t understand the logic behind this request and I can’t believe almost all the teams are ok with it. Also, can someone please remind Mr. Kanso that this is the LEBANESE basketball league?
It’s like telling Lebanese players that they can’t improve the game and should sit on the bench while foreign players do their thing.
A Liverpool fan (Lebanese?) is seen crying after she took a picture with Steven Gerrard at a training session at Princeton. I don’t know if she’s Lebanese or not, but you can see the Lebanese flag right next to her and the woman behind her (her mother?) and the two guys are talking Arabic so it’s possible.
The sure thing is that she’s a die-hard Liverpool fan. Here’s an interview (Thanks Patrick) with [Here] for those interested.
I’ve heard that the majority of basketball teams in Lebanon, with the exception of Riyadi, are asking the federation to allow three foreign players next season, specially after Ismail Ahmad got the Lebanese nationality. I really hope that this is just a rumor because that’s the worst thing that could happen to Lebanese Basketball.
I’ve been urging the Lebanese Federation for years to force teams to cut down their expenses on foreign players and invest in young Lebanese talents, because that’s the only way to develop new talents and improve the game in Lebanon. Ismail Ahmad has been living in Lebanon for around 10 years and turns 38 this year, so using him as an excuse to get more foreign players is invalid.
Like I said on previous occasions, the Lebanese Federation must force all the teams to set a 5 or 10-year plan and invest as much money on recruiting and improving local talents as they spend on getting foreign players. If we keep on relying on retired NBA players and undermining our youth, we will be killing the game in Lebanon.