THE Philippines could once again host another prestigious basketball tournament as the country is being considered by Fiba to stage a 3x3 Asia-Pacific competition in July.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan said in his speech during Saturday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Annual Awards that Fiba has already made the proposal for Manila to be one of the stops of the 3x3 World Tour Masters.
“I’m pleased to report that this week, we received word from Fiba, proposing that Manila hosts the 3x3 Asia-Pacific Competition, as part of its 3x3 World Tour Masters,” Pangilinan said.
The proposal by Fiba came after the Philippines successfully staged the Fiba-Asia Championship in 2013 with the Gilas Pilipinas squad finishing second behind Iran and gaining entry into the World Cup this year.
Although it still pales in comparison to the traditional five-a-side game in terms of popularity, 3x3 events are starting to gain a following with Fiba already holding world championship tournaments.
The 3x3 World Tour Masters is a club competition composed of five stops in different parts of the world before culminating in the World Tour Final.
Pangilinan said the date of the 3x3 competition is from July 19 to 20 with 12 teams from Asia and Oceania competing in the tournament.
Pangilinan said Fiba is also looking at Manila to host a world tour finals.
“An option to host the finals of the world tour is also under discussion with Fiba,” said Pangilinan.
National coach Chot Reyes said their are still no plans on which team will represent the country in case Manila lands the hosting rights.
"It's very recent so hindi pa namin napag-uusapan," said Reyes.