CHANGSHA, China – Fiba Asia organizers cited 'technical requirements of television' as the reason behind the decision to move the semifinal game between Gilas Pilipinas and Japan to a late starting time.
“Due to some technical requirements of television, the semifinal game of the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship between Philippines and Japan has been rescheduled to 22:00 hours local time,” Fiba Asia said in an official statement.
No one among the organizers, however, could expound what it meant about ‘technical requirements.’
Tipoff time was originally scheduled at 9:30 p.m. shortly after the first semifinal match-up between the host country and defending title holder Iran.
“The inconvenience is deeply regretted and thanks in advance for your understanding,” added the statement.
The delayed start has caused concern for both Gilas and Japan since it further cut into the recovery time the winner will have prior to the final against the winner of the China-Iran quarterfinal.
As it is, Gilas will be playing three games in a span of 46 hours if it moves on to the final.
Audience clustering during the knockout phase had already been implemented, meaning ticket holders for the India vs. Korea match can watch until the Qatar-Lebanon game before they would be asked to leave the playing venue.
The same holds true for the rest of the scheduled games, including the Iran-China tussle and the Gilas-Japan duel.