FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao says Gilas ready for extreme Kazakh weather
Paul Lintag on Feb 11, 2019 10:19 PM
“Physically and mentally, I think they’re [Gilas] ready. They have to toughened up and play in a extreme condition,” national team head coach Yeng Guiao on Gilas facing freezing weather in Kazakhstan.
It’s something they have no control over but Gilas Pilipinas remains wary of Kazakhstan’s extreme weather conditions.
In super simple words, weather in Astana will be freezing.
It’s going to be below zero as the Philippines wraps up its 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers schedule in Kazakhstan in less than two weeks time.
“We’re trying to condition their minds and bodies na sobrang malamig, it’s something which we usuall do not experience dito sa atin, kahit mag-abroad ka man,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.
“It’s our first time to play in such conditions,” he added.
Gilas obviously can’t replicate the conditions in Kazakhstan while in Manila, it’s just impossible.
So for the meantime, the national team will be doing everything to prepare save for actually playing in a giant freezer.
“Pinaghanda lang namin saila, especially with their cold weather gear,” Guiao said.
“The heavy jackets, the shoes, yung mga gloves. Baka dalawang araw lang kami dun pero yun nga mahirap yung dalawang araw na wala kang acclimatization. We’ll see,” he added.
Whether or not Gilas actually sees a dip in performance in freezing cold weather remains to be seen. Gilas will just have to deal with the weather once they get to Astana.
The good thing is that the national team will be ready regardless.
“Mahirap sabihin how big a factor it is, since this is the first time we’re going to be in such situation as a team,” Guiao said.
“Physically and mentally, I think they’re [Gilas] ready. They have to toughened up and play in a extreme condition,” he added.
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