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Gilas Pilipinas’ November games in FIBA World Cup qualifiers postponed

Delfin Dioquino
Gilas Pilipinas’ November games in FIBA World Cup qualifiers postponed

PUSHED BACK. Gilas Pilipinas has to wait until next year before it sees action in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

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FIBA announces that the Philippines will host all first and second window games between Group A teams in February 2022

Gilas Pilipinas’ games in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in November have been postponed to next year due to travel restrictions in several East and Southeast Asia countries.

Instead of pushing through with a home-and-away format, FIBA announced that all Group A games in the first and second windows will be held inside a bubble to be hosted by the Philippines in February.

Originally scheduled to face Korea twice in the first window on November 25 and 28, the Philippines has to wait until next year as it eyes another sweep of the Asian powerhouse.

The Filipinos beat the Koreans twice at home soil in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in June.

Aside from Korea, the Philippines will also host other Group A teams New Zealand and India, which were initially slated to tangle in back-to-back matches on November 25 and 28.

Group B games will also be held in a bubble, with Japan hosting China on November 27 and 28.

Meanwhile, the two Group B games between Australia and Chinese Taipei will both be staged in February.

Group C and D games will follow the regular home-and-away setup.

“FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and will communicate further updates in regard to FIBA competitions when necessary,” the federation said in a statement. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.