3x3 basketball competitions in Manila postponed in wake of COVID-19 worries

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2020 06:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines--FIBA and Chooks-to-Go are postponing the opening of the 2020 President's Cup and the World Tour Manila Masters in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced on Saturday.

The two entities came to the decision on Thursday after a teleconference, where they considered the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Philippines and the declaration of a public health emergency by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The six-leg President's Cup was supposed to open on March 29 at the events center of SM Fairview. The league will feature 12 teams, including nine from the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

The Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters, meanwhile, was originally scheduled for May 2 to 3 at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall. It has now been moved to August 15 to 16 at the same venue.

The Manila Masters is a max-level FIBA 3x3 event featuring the world's best clubs.

Also postponed was the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was originally scheduled for March 18 to 22 in Bengaluru, India, as well as the Asia Cup slated for May 13 to 17 in China.

FIBA has yet to set a new date for the OQT, but it must take place before the Universality OQT (April 24 to 26 in Budapest, Hungary). The Asia Cup has been moved to September 9 to 13.

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