Club fined for ad hoc withdrawal
The Pepsi Sonics basketball club will not be allowed to re-enter the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Division I and III Leagues when both contests continue at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall at the beginning of March.
President of the Georgetown sub-association for basketball, Trevor Rose said that Sonics’ withdrawal from the competition not only affected the fixtures, which had to be reset, but also cost the association rental fees when they withdrew.
“They formally withdrew and it cost us as an association rental for that night. I think with that being said, we’ve made a decision to exclude them from these tournaments,” he told Kaieteur Sport yesterday when contacted for an update.
“You cannot pull your team out from a tournament at short notice then want to put it back in just like that. These things have due processes, and we want them to show us the same respect that we have shown to them,” Rose continued.
This newspaper understands that the club has since been formally fined the amount which was lost on the night they withdrew from the event.
Rose said that the penalty was merely to ensure that the association recover its expended funds.
Rose admitted that the players had an intention to re-enter the Leagues but the Executives of the club has not formally written to the GABA with that request.
The GABA, however, has in their records the formal withdrawal document.
Head Coach of Pepsi Sonics, Mark Agard had indicated to this newspaper his willingness to return to the Leagues following the current Republic Day celebrations break, making it clear that he and his players want to play basketball.
Agard had expressed his concern about the decision stating that he does not think that it is one made in favour of his players. “I am not going to worry about that at all. It was not a good decision. I want to play basketball,” he had said.
Pepsi Sonics had boycotted its opening game of the League and two others on the basis of the GABA failure to respond to a documented infraction with FIBA accredited referee, Aubrey Younge. The club also noted the improper manner of their League invitation as a further source of their decision to not compete in the event.
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