Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, suffering from a stress fracture in his right leg incurred during the recent NBA championship run, has been officially ruled out for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Argentine Basketball Federation (CABB) confirmed via statement on Thursday. The CABB cited a clause in the agreement between the NBA and FIBA that prohibits players from participating with their national team when there is “reasonable medical concern” for the player’s health. Such is the case for Ginobili, who has yet to recover from the injury in his lower right fibula with the tournament set to begin on Aug. 30. The Spurs sent Ginobili, 37, a letter earlier this week invoking that clause after a recent re-examination of the injury was described as promising but “inconclusive” by the Argentine team doctor. Some observers had wondered if Ginobili might defy the Spurs and try to play anyway. But an Argentine media outlet reported that Ginobili continued to feel pain in the leg after working out with the national team on Wednesday, at which point the decision was made to officially rule him out. With roughly 2-4 more weeks of recovery time, Ginobili is expected to be fully healthy when the Spurs begin training camp this fall. Given his age, the ruling will likely prevent Ginobili from making one last appearance with his beloved national team, for which he debuted in 1998 and has since enjoyed some of the finest moments of his career. Perhaps even greater than the four championships he’s won with the Spurs was Argentina’s gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, becoming the first nation to beat the United States will a full roster of NBA players along the way. But it is the 2008 Olympics that the Spurs remembered as they took the unusual step of barring Ginobili from playing this summer. Already hampered by an ankle injury from the previous NBA playoffs, Ginobili aggravated the joint badly enough to require surgery in the Olympic semifinals. It lingered into the ensuing season, limiting Ginobili to 44 games until an injury in the other ankle, thought to be compensatory, forced him to miss the postseason as the Spurs were eliminated from the first round for only the second time in the Tim Duncan era. Despite the lost season, Ginobili said then that he had no regrets. “It’s worth it,” he said. “I had the opportunity to come here and to play on a good level. I had bad luck in the last game, but I’m so happy and so proud for what these guys have done. It’s hard to explain it. I’m part of this, and I’m very proud.”