Furious Australia Slam Deliberate Defeat Allegations - Yahoo Sports

September 9, 2014

At the World Cup in Spain last Thursday, the Boomers were beaten 91-83 by Angola in visit here the group stage, the result ensuring Australia finished third instead of second in their preliminary pool. "The on-court behaviour displayed by Australia in that game generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts," FIBA said in a statement. "It is widely suspected that Australia lost the game in order to avoid having to face reigning world champions USA until the semi-finals." Basketball Australia said they were cooperating with the FIBA probe and had put forward a 'strong and detailed' case explaining why they had rested some players because of injury and restricted the game time of others because of fatigue. "That decision was supported by clear and definitive medical fitness advice," the statement added. "The health and wellbeing of our players is paramount. The World Cup group stage schedule of five games in six days is, put simply, gruelling. "It takes a significant toll on athletes and is precisely the reason why FIBA allows a roster of 12 active players." The Boomers were eliminated in a 65-64 defeat by Turkey in the first knockout round on Sunday and Basketball Australia said they were looking forward to the FIBA investigation being concluded as quickly as possible. "Let us be extremely clear on this point: we, as Australians, always compete the right way," the statement ended.
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