Lebanon is supposedly internet hosting the 2017 FIBA Asian Cup from August eight until August 20, which is lower than a month away however the organizers are nonetheless struggling to accumulate the required funds wanted to have every thing prepared on time.
The Tourism Minister is displaying help and is keen to dedicate a specific amount from the ministry’s price range to assist out however it received’t be sufficient and he’s not directly blaming the Ministry of Youth and Sports activities for this mess. It’s worthy noting that Lebanon can be fined nearly $800,000 and banned from Asian Cups for the subsequent few years if we fail to host the cup.
Personally talking, I clearly need us to host the Asian Cup and I need our nationwide group to return out victorious however one thing tells me nobody crunched the numbers earlier than internet hosting this cup, and regardless that it would give out a optimistic picture of Lebanon, it may not be possible financially given the scenario we’re in. Additionally from a tourism perspective, I’m probably not positive what the Minister has in thoughts, however anticipating hundreds of basketball followers to flock to Lebanon to observe the video games is a bit far-fetched.
On one other word, I discover it ironic that the Zouk Mosbeh municipality is asking for funds to host the cup at its gigantic stadium, which can be a waste of cash within the authentic place for those who ask me. Why do we want such a large stadium when many of the native groups are struggling financially? To host the Asian Cup as soon as each 10 or 15 years?
All in all, I’m positive we can be internet hosting the cup and I’m positive they’ll discover the required funds (It’s elections season) and I’ll undoubtedly be supporting our nationwide group however somebody must provide you with a plan to save lots of no matter is left of Lebanese basketball as a result of every thing goes the mistaken approach.