Brazilian Basketball Team Upset After Mexico’s No-Show for Pan-Am Games Friendly Matchup


Players for the Brazilian men's basketball team are furious with the Mexican team for not sowing up for a friendly match scheduled for Sunday night as preparation for the XVI Pan-American Games Guadalajara 2011.

What infuriated the South Americans even more was the fact that no members of the Mexican team — not players, coaches or delegates — sent anyone to tell them about the cancellation of the match. Apparently all of the players, coaches, and team delegates forgot about the compromise.

One of the leaders of the Brazilian basketball team, Guilherme Giovannoni, did not hesitate to comment on the uncomfortable situation.

"It was total lack of respect from their part. The friendly match had been scheduled and they did not show up. They didn't even offer an explanation or apology. It's a lack of respect," said Giovannoni, whose opinion was backed up by team coach Arthur Belchior.

"I do not understand this situation. They should have sent someone to tell us they will not show up for the friendly. Now we look forward to our other friendly against Canada as our Pan-American debut is near and we need to play," added the coach.

Brazil officially makes its debut in the competition on Wednesday against Uruguay.

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