The FIBA House of Basketball in Mies, Geneva will be holding the draw for the 18 participating countries for the three Olympic qualifying tournaments.
Representing the Philippines as witness is SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios.
The country, together with Italy and Serbia were previously picked by the FIBA Executive Committee to host the three tournaments.
The minimum bid was at 1.8 million euros. Under FIBA’s strict rules of confidentiality, the amount of the winning bids are being withheld.
The 18 participating countries are as follows:
While in Mies, he will confer with FIBA director of events Predrag Bogosevljev on matters relating to Manila hosting the Olympic qualifier at the Mall of Asia Arena on July 4-10.
“We are not informed at the moment of how the draw will be conducted but we understand it will be a modified draw based on geographical and quality principles,” said Barrios. “Since Turin and Belgrade will host two of the three tournaments, that means there will be six European countries left to be drawn. We are expecting at least two European countries to be drawn in our group. FIBA will not want to overload a group with countries from the same zone. For instance, we don’t expect either Iran or Japan to be in our group.”
Hosting the FIBA qualifiers is a rare opportunity that Filipino fans are lucky to have. Barrios added that “this won’t be an exhibition or a tune-up or a pocket tournament.”
“This is an important competition where a ticket to the Olympics is at stake.”