SBP sings praises of Gilas 3x3, local leagues for rise in rankings
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 30, 2019 08:04 AM
Photo courtesy of Chooks Pilipinas 3x3
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is nothing but proud to laud all the efforts of the national team as well as the contributions of private promoters in the country's rise to a historic 24th rank in FIBA 3x3.
Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 recently joined the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Asia Cup where both men's and women's teams made noise for the country. "Our Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 national teams’ participation in international tournaments combined with local activations of local promoters have helped the Men’s and Women’s rankings in the Open, U-23, and U-18 categories," said SBP president Al Panlilio.
Praise went as well to pioneering league Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3. "Chooks-to-Go as a private promoter has been instrumental in helping the country increase its federation rankings and we are thankful to them," said Panlilio.
Being in the top 24 by the end of the FIBA-imposed cutoff - set on November 1, 2019 - will give the country an automatic berth in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) come March 2020.
There, three slots are at stake for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Currently, four of the eight Olympic seats will be given to host Japan and three of the highest-ranked teams by the end of the deadline.
The last slot will be awarded to the winner of the Universality-driven OQT set on April 2020.
That is why the goal now is to maintain the country's standing and that can only happen by hosting more tournaments and joining international meets.
"We are truly headed towards the right direction and the SBP is overwhelmed by the support of private organizers who have significantly contributed in SBP’s mission to continuously improve in our world ranking to enable us to qualify to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," said Panlilio.
"The fight is not yet over. Yes, we are happy that we made it to the top 24 but the challenge now is to maintain our standing or go even higher," shared Mascariñas.
If worse comes to worst and the Philippines does not finish in the top 24, the SBP and Mascariñas disclosed that they plan on bidding to host the OQT.