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Wounded basketball player: Belgium must help attack victims

  • Former Belgian professional basketball player from Brazil, Sebastien Bellin, speaks with the Associated Press at the Aalster Basketball Forum in Aalst, Belgium on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The former basketball player, badly hurt in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Former Belgian professional basketball player from Brazil, Sebastien Bellin, speaks with the Associated Press at the Aalster Basketball Forum in Aalst, Belgium on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The former basketball player, badly hurt in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Belgian professional basketball player from Brazil, Sebastien Bellin, poses for photographers at the Aalster Basketball Forum in Aalst, Belgium, on Thursday, March 16, 2017.  The former basketball player, badly hurt in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Former Belgian professional basketball player from Brazil, Sebastien Bellin, poses for photographers at the Aalster Basketball Forum in Aalst, Belgium, on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The former basketball player, badly hurt in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo by Ketevan Kardava, Brazilian born former pro basketball player Sebastian Bellin is shown after being wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions rocked the airport on March 22, 2016. the former basketball player badly hurt in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims.(Ketevan Kardava via AP)

    In this photo by Ketevan Kardava, Brazilian born former pro basketball player Sebastian Bellin is shown after being wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions rocked the airport on March 22, 2016. the former basketball player badly hurt in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims.(Ketevan Kardava via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A former basketball player who was badly wounded in the suicide bomb attack on Brussels airport a year ago is urging the Belgian government to live up to its pledge to help the victims.

Sebastien Bellin says Thursday "I'm really perplexed at how long this has taken, especially since promises were made" just after the March 22 attacks on the Brussels airport and subway that killed 32 people and wounded over 300.

Bellin, who played basketball at Oakland University Michigan and for the Belgian team, said he has shared his concerns with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

Bellin said "Belgian citizens pay an incredible amount in taxes to have incredible health care ... but when we've been paying for years and year, and when we finally need it, help's not there."