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FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifiers still hanging; World Tour eyed for August, October staging

by Reynald Magallon, April 02, 2020 1:29pm

The FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifiers are still hanging as the world continues its fight against the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Following the suspension of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the world governing body to the sport said that they are still in discussion with the International Olympic Committee regarding the rescheduling of the Qualifiying Tournaments both for the 5-on-5 and 3x3 basketball events.

"FIBA will continue its discussions with the IOC in order to find the best solution for the scheduling of the remaining six Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (two for 3x3 and four for men's basketball," FIBA said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 national team is one of the countries who are set to compete in the 3x3 Olympic Qualifying tournament initially scheduled on March 18 -22 in Belanguru, India but the tournament was suspended due to the rising cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas had already tapped PBA players and Southeast Asian Games 3x3 Men's basketball event gold medalists CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa to bolster the line up that already featured the top two ranked 3x3 players in the country in Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol.

Gilas 3x3 also acquired the services of Serbian coach Stefan Stojaiic and conditioning coach Darko Krsman to facilitate the training program of the national team.

The national team is grouped in Pool C where they'll be pitted against Slovenia, Qatar, France and Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, two of the five FIBA 3x3 World Tour events were eyed for an August and October staging. The Manila and Chengdu Masters are now planned for August 15-16 and October 17-18 respectively while the Doha, Mexico City and Utsunomiya Masters will be rescheduled on a later date.

"The first 5 Masters in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2020 season have been postponed to the second semester due to the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans," FIBA said.

"FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and evaluate the options for the lifting of the suspension of competitions when the situation allows for it."

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