Syria refused to take to the court for their Group B game against hosts Lebanon on Monday and thus forfeited the game.
Syria, who had lost both their games so far in the competition, thus suffered their third successive loss, but this one cost them the point that would have been accrued otherwise for the defeat.
“We have followed the terms set under the FIBA Internal Regulations and have imposed the penalties on Syria who refused to play,” said Hagop Khajirian member of the Technical Committee of the competition.
“A win by 20-0 score will be awarded to Lebanon and they will keep their two points. Syria will lose the game but also the one point they would have got if it was a normal defeat,” he added. (Eish Mondial)