Road to 2020 Olympics via 3x3 basketball now underway

Paul Lintag on Dec 21, 2018 04:23 PM
Road to 2020 Olympics via 3x3 basketball now underway
National team backer Chooks-to-Go, in partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, is opening up the first-ever 3x3 league in the Philippines order to help the country pile up points in FIBA competitions. (Bounty Sports)

The Philippines' road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via 3x3 basketball has started.

National team backer Chooks-to-Go, in partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, is opening up the first-ever 3x3 league in the Philippines order to help the country pile up points in FIBA competitions.

The end result is to have more than enought points to qualify for the Summer Games in 2020.

"We are very excited with this 3x3 league backed by Chooks-to-Go. Ito yung unang pagkakataon natin na magkaroon ng liga for 3x3," said league commissioner Eric Altamirano Friday.

"Though the point system of FIBA is complicated, it all starts by having a league," added Altamirano. "Then when we have a league, we can now join the World Tour which comprises of forty events. That's where all the points come from."

To get the league starting, the first season will have 12 teams in total from MPBL club teams Manila Stars, Go for Gold-San Juan Knights, Bataan Risers, Bacoor Strikers, Valenzuela Classic, Marikina Shoemasters and Bulacan Kuyas.

Also committing are the Zark's Burger-backed Quezon City, the Dondon Hontiveros-owned Cebu, and a team from from Davao Occidental and Pasig.

The opening season will have six total legs to be played mainly in SM Malls. Each leg will have its own champion and after those six, the 12 teams will be ranked according to points and the top 4 are seeded to the quarterfinals.

The rest will then figure in a knockout round. The champion team will win a nice P1,000,000 cash prize and will be given priority for the FIBA tour events abroad to represent the country.

Pre-season starts January 14 at Ynares Pasig and in order to help the country earn points, Chooks-to-Go will also sponsore a grassroots program in Cebu early next year.

 


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