BCDA will­ing to host Fiba Asian qual­i­fiers in Fe­bru­ary-di­zon

- By Josef Ramos Sports · Pampanga · International Basketball Federation · Nigeria · Clark International Airport · Philippines · South Korea · Thailand · Indonesia · Bahrain · Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas · Philippine Basketball Association · Angeles University Foundation · Ryan Gregorio · Al-Manamah

THE Bases Con­ver­sion and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (BCDA) in Pampanga is will­ing to host the third win­dow of the In­ter­na­tional Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (Fiba) Asian 2021 Qual­i­fiers in Fe­bru­ary.

“Yes, we can,” BCDA Pres­i­dent and CEO Viven­cio Di­zon told Busi­ness­mir­ror on Fri­day.

Sama­hang Bas­ket­bol ng Pilip­inas (SBP) Pres­i­dent Al Panlilio told an on­line press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day about the fed­er­a­tion’s in­ten­tion to host the qual­i­fier in the same Clark bub­ble where the Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is play­ing its Philip­pine Cup.

“Yes, we can host it be­cause all the pro­to­cols and fa­cil­i­ties are in place. We also have a proven track record,” Di­zon said.

The BCDA and the Clark De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (CDC) are host­ing the PBA since Oc­to­ber 13.

“It’s se­cure and safe for sports as proven by the PBA bub­ble. We also have world- class health fa­cil­i­ties, world- class in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing the Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and world- class ho­tels and leisure fa­cil­i­ties,” Di­zon added.

Panlilio said the SBP al­ready wrote Fiba of its in­ten­tion to host the third win­dow of the qual­i­fiers par­tic­u­larly Group A where the Philip­pines is brack­eted with South Korea, Thai­land and In­done­sia.

The PBA is hold­ing games at the An­ge­les Univer­sity Foun­da­tion gym which con­form with Fiba stan­dards.

“The PBA bub­ble in Clark is a good tem­plate,” Ryan Gre­go­rio, Panlilio’s spe­cial as­sis­tant at SBP, said.

The sec­ond win­dow of the qual­i­fiers are set from Novem­ber 27 to 30 in a bub­ble en­vi­ron­ment in Manama, Bahrain.

An all-ama­teur team coached by Jong Uichico is fly­ing to Bahrain on Sun­day. The 16-mem­ber pool is com­posed of the 16-player pool is com­posed of Kobe Paras, broth­ers Mike and Matt Ni­eto, An­gelo Kouame, Isaac Go, Jus­tine Bal­tazar, Dave Ilde­fonso, Juan and Javi Gomez de Li­año, Calvin Of­tana, Will Navarro, Dwight Ramos, Ken­mark Carino, Jaydee Tung­cab, Rey Suerte and Al­lyn Bu­lanadi.

The Philip­pines plays Thai­land on Novem­ber 27 and then South Korea, In­done­sia and again Thai­land in the next three days.

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