Austin finally secures Chinese visa and will play at Champions Cup

Paul Lintag on Sep 20, 2017 07:04 PM
Isaiah Austin finally secures Chinese visa
Per Bounty Sports, team officials secured Austin's Chinese visa Wednesday afternoon but it was a rather complicated process. Austin was denied a Chinese visa in the Philippines and he had to go to Hong Kong to hopefully get an approval.

It turns out that Isaiah Austin's visa problems were serious after all.

With two days before Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas' first game in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champion Cup, team management finally secured the necessary documents to allow the 7'1" reinforcement to travel to Chenzhou, China.

The development came a day after it was revealed that Austin still had no visa, prompting Chooks-to-Go to enlist Gab Banal and Andre Paras as reserves in place of the former Baylor star.

Per Bounty Sports, team officials secured Austin's Chinese visa Wednesday afternoon but it was a rather complicated process. Austin was denied a Chinese visa in the Philippines and he had to go to Hong Kong to hopefully get an approval.

 

Austin left for Hong Kong at around 12 midnight Wednesday, way ahead of the rest of the team.

"Miracles to happen," team owner Ronald Mascariñas said per Bounty Sports.

"With Isaiah in the fold, we could now focus on our goal: to shock Asia once more," he added.

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas left for Chenzhou Wednesday afternoon and Austin is expected to reconnect with the rest of the team there. According to head coach Chot Reyes, Rod Ebondo likewise had his visa approved already and will be ready to go on Friday.

The team will open the FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Friday against BC Astana of Kazakhstan.

 

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