Women’s 3x3 league on the way as promised by top Gilas sponsor

Paul Lintag on Jan 07, 2020 03:28 PM
Women’s 3x3 league on the way as promised by top sponsor
In a press conference Tuesday, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. boss Ronald Mascariñas says he’s expanding their Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 basketball league to include a women’s division.

Following a banner year in 2019 that was capped by a double gold medal win in the Southeast Asian Games, big things are coming for women’s basketball in 2020.

In a press conference Tuesday, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. boss Ronald Mascariñas says he’s expanding their Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 basketball league to include a women’s division.

The target is to have the women debut along with the men’s division when a new season opens. The ultimate target is to have both the men and women qualify outright in 3x3 basketball come the 2024 Olympics.

“For women’s basketball, 2019 was really a grateful year, thanks to these ladies for bringing that honor to our country,” Mascariñas said, addressing Gilas women’s 3x3 team of Afril Bernardino, Jack Animam, and Clare Castro who were present Tuesdayy.

“Now we’ve renewed our commitment and in fact, we’re looking at creating a 3x3 league for women. Para sa 2024 Olympics, our target is for us to not play in the Olympic Qualifying, our target is automatic qualification,” boss Ronald added.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will feature 3x3 basketball for the first time ever and the men’s team put together by Chooks-to-Go is set to compete in a qualifying tournament in a couple of months.

FIBA ranks countries by points, the higher the points, the better chances at qualifying and getting invites to bigger international tournaments. 

With plans of installing a women’s league, Chooks is setting its sights on a new Olympic dream.

“Kung hindi magbabago ang rule ng FIBA na top-4 automatic, we should all vie  na in the next four years, we should land in the top-3. Top-3 because the fourth spot always goes to the host country,” Mascariñas.

The announcement of the new women’s league bodes well to Gilas women for sure. It’s part of the chance they’ve always wanted.

“If meron na tayo sa Pilipinas, bakit naman hindi lalaro dito? I’ll choose to stay,” Bernardino, who often plays abroad as an import, said.

Aside from the promise of a 3x3 women’s league, Chooks-to-Go extended tokens of gratitude to Gilas women, with each player receiving P100,000 in cash.


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