By: Graham C. Lim
Dear Mr. Stankovic,
Your memory may no longer be keen because of your advanged age, Mr. Borislav Stankovic, but I am happy to inform you that I am still very much around.
There is one issue in the Philippines that may not come out openly only because the person involved in your shenanigans has indirect control of the various media outlets by way of threats of advertisement withdrawals by his telecommunications company.
You were installed as the FIBA head following the death of well respected Dr. William Jones in the late 1980s. However, and disappointingly, you turned out to be a lousy boss, incapable of inspiring leadership and susceptible to financial entrapment.
You thought you were invincible, but you’re not. I have sought your resignation since last year but your thick face shamelessly made you cling to the position. Even your string puppet, Patrick Baumann, has acted like a fool even he proudly carries a lawyer’s batch.
It was Baumann’s stupidity who asked the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) to compromise with the fledgling Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), and signed the Bangkok Agreement that was subsequently violated and abused for marketing considerations.
Yet in 2010, the FIBA Secretariat recognized solely the SBP and handed the authority to run the Philippine basketball leadership to your bogeyman under a new name SBP as easy as that.
Attached five page copies of handwritten Bangkok Agreement which Baumann personally initiated and signed just to misled the BAP and then later to discredit it.
The Bangkok Agreement was witnessed and signed by FIBA Asia President Sheikh Saud Bin Al-Thani and FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock. Both gentlemen did their part in good faith, not perhaps knowing that they, too, would be treacherously tricked into disrespecting the Bangkok Agreement.
I know Dato’ Yeoh and Sheikh Saud would never fall for the trap being laid out by the FIBA Secretariat led by Baumann. It’s so sad both gentlemen can’t do anything but watch on how the BAP falls from the trap of Baumann and his cohorts.
Again, FIBA members ask you, the honorable Stankovic, to explain the loss of more than US 10 million dollars by the FIBA Secretariat in your dubious marketing scheme in 2000 through ISL Marketing.
Until now, you have never explained fully this anomaly to all the members of the FIBA organization, including the BAP. The more your lips sealed, the more have the FIBA members become wary of your shady character. Even your limp-wrist puppet, Baumann, has chosen to be silent on this matter in a grand conspiracy between the two of you.
I urge all FIBA members not to be cowed by the FIBA Secretariat, which has been running like it is their company or family corporation.
Another puppet in the strings of Stankovic and Baumann is Robert “Bob” Elphinston, a congenital liar whom the members of the FIBA Asia Executive Board avoid like a plague. Elphinston continuously has covered up the misdeeds of Stankovic and Baumann so that the diabolic duo would protect his personal interests with FIBA Oceania and fund requests from FIBA Secretariat would easily be granted. Now even, members of the FIBA Oceania are wondering what kind of arrangement that Elphinston has with the FIBA Secretariat.
Much has been said in my correspondence. But I can assure you, Mr. Stankovic, there’s more to come from my end.
Just wait a bit. Your friend,