By: GrAhAm C. LiM, Secretary General, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Member, National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC)
Re: On the observance of the Lenten season, let us reflect on the teachings of the Lord and the lives that we have lived. Rectify the mistakes that we have made and do good to our fellow human beings. Lessons to learn from the greediness of the FIBA Secretariat that will never cease without exposing their strong-handed tactics in the last three decades.
Prejudiced remarks by Stankovic against former FIBA President Lito Puyat when Puyat wanted to visit FIBA Headquarters, and the ignoring he got when he tried to help settle the issue regarding Philippine suspension that was instigated by his little stupid boy Patrick Baumann.
This is the untold story, behind the scenes....
On December 18, 2006, the Philippines received a communique from Borislav Stankovic (known as secretary general emeritus, a new position in FIBA created by Stankovic himself to protect his personal interests, especially in the organization’s marketing aspects.
The issue is about the Philippines’ suspension instigated by the shrewd Patrick Baumann, who hastily came up with the decision without any due process and sense of fairness.
The letter (see attachment) was addressed to Mr. Lito Puyat, the two-time former FIBA President whom Stankovic shamelessly pestered to agree to a deal that would give Stankovic a seemingly multi-year contract with pay. It was a correspondence whose intention was to allow Stankovic to take firm control the FIBA Central Board and continue with his illegal personal schemes.
Funny it is that Mr. Puyat received a reply from the FIBA dated December 18, 2006. It stated as follows:
“Stankovic said that Doctor Jones died 23 years ago and that, since then, many things have changed in the world. However, his philosophy and his way of running sport have always remained mine.”
Not many things have changed since the time. If ever, it’s Stankovic himself who has changed – from bad to worse – according to many in the FIBA family, including Mr. Puyat.
Many observed that the FIBA Secretariat is now run by thugs and thieves – Mafia style. In connivance with a powerful and moneyed local businessman, the FIBA Secretariat unilaterally removed the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) from the FIBA family.
The move opened the eyes of the other FIBA members from other continents. It exposed the dictatorial three-man rule of Baumann, Bob Elphinston and especially the aging Stankovic and their devilish ways.
Puyat wanted to visit the FIBA Secretariat in Switzerland to personally discuss the Philippine suspension.
His request for a visit was denied outright in utter disrespect to an old guy with outstanding contributions to the FIBA organization who served as president twice in the past from 1976 to 1984.
The honorable Puyat is also a member of the Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, USA.
In contrast, when a non-member from the Philippines, a rich businessman whom Baumann and Stankovic now anoint as the head of the national basketball federation in the Philippines known as SBP, he was received warmly.
This rich businessman went all the way to Switzerland and was welcomed with open arms even though he was not even a member of the FIBA family.
Because they have the same ill motives, they have flocked together to the detriment of the organization's image.
Think again, all you FIBA members. It's high time that the despotic rule of the FIBA Secretariat be overthrown no different from the successful downfall of political tyrants in the Arab world.
Expose their misdeeds. Fear not that your dissenting voices will be drowned by them through the threat of expulsion.
The tragedy that befell the former FIBA-Europe president from Greece was the work of Stankovic and Baumann.
Stand up, you other members of the FIBA Central Board.
In FIBA-Asia, Baumann dared to oust Sheikh Saud Al Thani from Qatar and Yeoh Choo Hock from Malaysia out as Asia’s president and secretary, respectively, but failed. It was clearly a case of illegal interference in the internal affairs of an independent body. Baumann wanted them out to make way for the entry of their lackey, hoping and wishing that the rich businessman who can supply him with tons of money through marketing promotions.
There are more things that one must know. In due time, the wrongdoings of the FIBA Secretariat shall be exposed without fear.
How the CAS managed to be used and manipulated by the FIBA Secretariat through its legal counsel regarding final decision between the BAP against the tandem of FIBA and SBP.