The Philippines will be competing in the 2019 FIBA 3×3 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced on Friday, Nov. 1, in Utsunomiya in Japan that the Philippines is among the 20 countries that will be competing in the qualifiers that will be held in India on March 2020.
The Philippines is placed in Pool C alongside Slovenia, France, Qatar,and Dominican Republic.
Other countries that will compete in the tournament include Mongolia, Poland, Brazil, and Turkey in Pool A; United States of America, Lithuania, Belgium, South Korea, and New Zealand in Pool B; and the Netherlands, Latvia, Canada, Croatia, and India in Pool D.
Only three teams from the qualifiers will advance to the 3×3 men’s basketball tournament of the 2020 Summer Olympics that will be held in Japan.
Serbia, Russia, China, and Japan, as the host country, have reserved a slot in the Olympics.
The Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas welcomed the inclusion of the country in the qualifiers, and said that it will give a chance for Filipino players to show their skills in the sport.
“We’re very happy that the Philippines will be competing in the upcoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament for a shot at making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” SBP President Al Panlilio said in a statement.
“3×3 is an area where Filipino basketball players can really excel and we’re delighted that a Filipino basketball team will get to test their skills against the world’s best,” Panlilio added.
The SBP also thanked private entities, particularly Chooks-To-Go, for promoting and holding 3×3 basketball competitions that allowed Philippines to earn enough points to secure a slot in the qualifiers.
“We’re proud of the joint effort from the Philippines basketball community that helped us reach this goal,” Panlilio said.