PHI confident in maintaining ranking for OQT ticket

Mark Escarlote on Sep 27, 2019 05:52 PM
PHI confident in maintaining ranking for OQT ticket
Ang assurance ng FIBA parang sigurado sila na we’re already qualified [sa Olympic Qualifying Tournament] kasi the major tournaments are over -- 3x3 basketball godfather Ronald Mascariñas (Photo courtesy of Chooks Pilipinas 3x3)

Sportsman and 3x3 basketball godfather Ronald Mascariñas is confident the Philippines will maintain its current world ranking to secure a spot in the Olympic qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Behind the successful staging of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go 3x3 basketball season which included hosting a pair of international tourneys and participation of clubs from the league in world events, the Philippines as of Thursday is inside the Top 24 of the FIBA 3x3 men’s world ranking at no. 22.

The PHI was actually at no. 21 last Sunday.   

“From no. 61 we jumped 40 ranks higher to no. 21 so if we’re able to maintain that position until October 31 then our country will be playing in the Olympic qualifying tournament,” said the Chooks-to-Go boss.   

With still a month remaining before the final ranking deadline, Mascariñas said that it’s crucial for local leagues to keep on playing 3x3 games and registering points to maintain the country’s rank. 

“We really need to keep playing 3x3 until end of October because November 1 is the announcement of FIBA who will be qualified to play in the OQT,” he said.

But Mascarinas is optimistic that the PHI won’t slide down of the Top 24.

“Ang assurance ng FIBA parang sigurado sila na we’re already qualified kasi the major tournaments are over,” he explained. “So wala ng level seven tournaments all over the world, tapos na eh. Kung may mga games na gagawin from now on, it will be maximum level five. Parang ang hirap mag-generate ng substantial points from a level 5 tournament.” 

The countries who will land at the Top 24 will participate in the OQT set March next year. With world Top 3 Serbia, Russia, China and host Japan already assured of slots in the Games, 20 teams will vie for the three berths at stake in the OQT.

A universal qualifying tournament is also slated April 2020 for the last Olympics seat.   

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