FIBA OQT: Gilas Pilipinas gets chance at Tokyo Olympics after New Zealand pulls out

Gilas Pilipinas will have a rare shot at making the Tokyo Olympics after the Philippines have been appointed by FIBA as a replacement team for one of the four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for men.

The development comes after New Zealand pulled out of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Serbia, one of four tournaments to determine the last four countries who will go to the Tokyo basketball tournament.

Michael Joseph Nieto of the Philippines [photo:]
Michael Joseph Nieto of the Philippines [photo:]
The Philippines was chosen based on its FIBA ranking as the next best Asia-Oceania nation after New Zealand.

Gilas competed in the Olympic qualifiers back in 2016 which Manila hosted, but sadly, they were eliminated right away.

The Serbia tournament includes Italy, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Senegal.

Only the winner of each of the four OQTs will make it to Tokyo.

Already in the Olympics are Japan as host country, Spain, Argentina, France, Australia, United States, Nigeria, and Iran. photo

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