Rules Surrounding Citizenship When Playing For Country
I know this is kicking a dead horse and I personally didn't think cotton should’ve been in our Olympic side. However, I just read that Giannis and his family only just received their Greek citizenship ship recently however was able to play for their side in 2019. So, like with the Nigerian situation, is this just fiba pulling some dodgies when it comes to telling Australia we can only have 1 of Thybulle or Cotton (and presumably similar situations have occurred for other countries e.g. how Spain can only have one of mirotic or ibaka), or is there something I’m just missing.
As to my understanding there should’ve been no issue since Thybulle received his citizenship or dual passport as a kid and considering this latest knews and the Nigerian situation cotton should’ve been allowed to play all along despite goorj being told he could only have 1 or the other.
Or putting on my conspiracy theory hat on, Goorj never intended to select cotton in the team and always wanted Thybulle but considering the bullshit notion pedalled by those in the nbl media over how great cotton is and how he should be in the team over Thybulle (a similar message that several die hard nbl worshippers parroted here despite never seeing Thybulle or if so in very limited amounts), and therefore wanted to avoid any criticism in not picking him so he leaned on the whole 'we can only have one and cotton doesn’t have his stuff sorted.’