FIBA working with IOC to find solution for shelved 3x3 OQTs

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Apr 02, 2020 12:24 PM
FIBA working with IOC to find solution for shelved 3x3 OQTs
The Philippines is set to compete in the 3x3 OQTs. The national team is made up of Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, and the PBA's Mo Tautuaa and CJ Perez. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

The COVID-19 outbreak has made the sports world stand still.

One of the bigger developments caused by the coronavirus is the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Instead of opening in a few months, the Summer Games have been moved one year and will now take place in 2021. That seems to be the best move for all involved, and Olympic-qualified athletes can have an extra year to prepare.

However, what happens to athletes who have yet to qualify?

3x3 basketball is set to make its debut as an Olympic sport in Tokyo, but the qualifying tournaments have been postponed due to COVID-19.

In an announcement by FIBA, the Central Board is in a discussion with the International Olympic Committee on how to proceed.

"Regarding the two FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, the Central Board announced FIBA will continue its discussions with the IOC in order to find the best solution for scheduling," the world's governing body for basketball said in its latest bulletin.

"FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and evaluate the options for the lifting of the suspension of competitions when the situation allows for it," FIBA added.

There are four OQTs lined up for FIBA, two for 3x3 basketball and another four for men's basketball.

The Philippines is set to compete in the 3x3 OQTs. The national team is made up of Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, and the PBA's Mo Tautuaa and CJ Perez.

Gilas 3x3's OQT was originally set last March 18 to 22 in India.

 

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