Philippines to replace New Zealand in Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is happy to announce that the Philippines will be represented in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020 as the best ranked team from the Asia-Oceania Region after New Zealand pulled out of the competitions.

“This is truly a welcome development and we’re very happy that Gilas Pilipinas Men will be given a chance to compete for a spot in the Olympics,” said SBP President Al S. Panlilio. “Our Chairman Emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan had a conversation with Andreas Zagklis, Secretary General of FIBA, who informed him of the development and MVP was very pleased with the news.”

Serbia will be hosting Group A in Belgrade with the Philippines and the Dominican Republic slated for June 29 to July 1.

“Whenever we compete in international tournaments, we always aim to send the best team possible to make our Filipino fans proud,” added Panlilio. “We will be coordinating with the PBA to plot our plans moving forward and we’re hopeful that Ange Kouame’s naturalization will be signed into law by then to give Gilas Pilipinas Men that added boost it needs to be more competitive.”