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FIBA Asia announced on Friday that the upcoming 2021 FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia shall be moved to July 2022.
FIBA Asia announced:
“FIBA and its Regional Office Asia have carefully evaluated the planning and organization of its upcoming Asia events in consultation with the FIBA Asia Board as well as key stakeholders and partners. This evaluation has taken into consideration multiple aspects such as current travel restrictions, the well-being of the participants, fan access and experience, and the objective of ensuring the highest quality of events.”
Gilas Pilipinas and 12 others teams are already qualified in the continental tournament, while the last three slots shall be determined through qualifying games.
Chinese Taipei, Guam, Saudi Arabia, India, and Palestine contest the last three remaining slots in August.
Despite the cancellation of the FIBA Asia Cup, Gilas Pilipinas will still push through with its King Abdullah Cup stint in Jordan.
The Philippines’ contingent will fly to Amman on Saturday morning.
Jordan is trying to showcase its hosting capabilities, as it has been granted hosting rights for the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup which shall commence in October.
The Jordanian Basketball Federation offered to host the FIBA Asia Cup as a last-minute replacement given the rise in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.
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