Argentina had appeared at the Pan American Games at its best in recent decades. Last year he was proclaimed South American champion after 16 consecutive titles from Brazil, which reinforced his morale for the tournament, which started Tuesday at the Eduardo Dibós Coliseum in Lima. The inaugural defeat against the United States (70-61) was the first blow of reality, but what no one expected is that the goodbye to the tournament was to precipitate in such a rocambolesque way.
This morning, the organization of the Pan-American Games lost 0-20 the game of Las Gigantes against Colombia for "logistical negligence" with the clothing. And it is that they did not appear with their usual white shirt, but with a blue one, of a tone almost identical to that used by the players of the coffee selection.
The albiceleste team leader, Hernán Amaya, presented his resignation immediately, as did the Director of Women's Basketball Development, Karina Rodríguez.
"Nothing justifies the error," commented the Argentine Basketball Confederation (CABB), chaired by Federico Susbielles. "It is a day of great pain," the president said, without blushing to describe what happened as "a serious mistake."
15 minutes of courtesy
Initially, the Colombian team agreed to those 15 minutes of courtesy to try to solve the problem. However, given the impossibility of the albicelestes finding a replacement pledge, they refused to play the game outside the established schedule.
The squad led by Debora González, Melisa Gretter and Andrea Boquete had to leave the Eduardo Dibós Coliseum through the back door, with tears in their eyes. The elimination was a very hard blow for them, who still must dispute their duel of the last day, against Virgin Islands.
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