Despite FIBA ruling, OCA rules Blatche ineligible for 2014 Asian Games

Gilas Pilipinas will have to contend in the 2014 Asian Games sans Andray Blatche, despite getting permission from FIBA, as the Olympic Council of Asia stood by their decision to rule him as ineligible.

News5 sports reporter Fraulein Olavario tweeted that Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas Vice-Chair Ricky Vargas got confirmation from the OCA about the decision.

That flies in the face of a letter from FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann to the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee that said that the naturalized NBA player should be eligible as only FIBA can decide on such matters.

The OCA, which oversees the Asian Games, has a stricter set of requirements for eligibility, which includes a residency rule of three years for naturalized citizens.

It is not immediately clear if Gilas Pilipinas will be able to replace Blatche with Marcus Douthit, or another player for that matter.