Less than half of Homenetmen Beirut’s, the Lebanese-Armenian basketball team, come from an Armenian background. The bigger issue is that only one of them is an active player.
The basketball team’s current president is Guy Manoukian, a well-known pianist, and it is the professional team of the Lebanese-Armenian sports club Homenetmen. The logo of the team includes the colors of the Armenian flag, red, blue, and orange, and the letters H.M.E.M.
“If you go back in time, Homenetmen was always an Armenian team, with Armenian players who fought for the title. They believe that Armenians will come play basketball in Homenetmen because this is their home, this is where they belong,” said Haig Khatcherian, a player for the team.
Khatcherian also stated reasons why this lack of players exists.
“Armenians fund other projects such as education instead of basketball, which is why we do not have any professional academies for sports. Plus, are you willing to risk your career and life, playing basketball, knowing that there is no stability in the game, and that it is controlled by political views?”
Though this issue exists, the team’s fans still chanted and sang in Armenian throughout the whole game.
“Homenetmen is an Armenian team no matter what others say, and we are so proud of all our players!” said Jack Yacoubian, a fan.
Basketball season is back in Lebanon and the Armenian community was proud of its basketball team, Homenetmen Beirut, on Sunday for its win against Tadamon Zouk.
Homenetmen Beirut won by 15 points, with the final score being 92 for Homenetmen and 77 for Tadamon.
Homenetmen will be playing against Champville this Monday.