Duterte says Gilas Pilipinas will lose in FIBA World Cup Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) - August 6, 2019 - 8:53pm MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines stands to lose not only in a shooting war with China over the West Philippine Sea but also in the FIBA World Cup where it would face teams with much taller cagers, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday. Speaking during the oath-taking of Filipino-Chinese businessmen in Malacañang, Duterte stressed that the Philippines could not afford to go to war with China because it could drag other countries and result in massive destruction. He said he would rather watch basketball than pick a fight with China. The East Asian country is set to host the FIBA World Cup 2019 this month. READ: FIBA releases official World Cup song 'Champion' Duterte is expected to cheer for Gilas Pilipinas during his fifth visit to China. "May basketball naman dun... Wala, … [Read more...] about Duterte says Gilas Pilipinas will lose in FIBA World Cup
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Duterte going to China for FIBA World Cup? MANILA, Philippines — If plans push through, Gilas Pilipinas will have President Duterte at ringside, as its number one cheerleader, when it competes in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Foshan, China later this month. According to a source, arrangements are being made regarding President Duterte’s presence in any of Gilas Pilipinas’ first-round matches against Italy on Aug. 31, Serbia on Sept. 2 and Angola on Sept. 4. It remains to be determined which among the three early matches for Gilas the President is planning to watch. All games will be played at the International Sports and Cultural Arena in Foshan City. “If the President is watching, I’m sure the whole team will be elated. It will be an honor to play in front of him,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio in a text message to The STAR. “That would be really great and much appreciated if President … [Read more...] about Duterte going to China for FIBA World Cup?
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas welcomed the arrival of Andray Blatche, who is expected to play a vital role in the Philippines' campaign in the 2019 FIBA World Cup beginning in August. “It is a great development that he is here early to get reacquainted with his teammates and coaches, as we get ourselves ready for the FIBA World Cup in China,” said Al Panlilio, president of the SBP, the sport's national governing body. A photo of Blatche and head coach Yeng Guiao, together with Gilas Pilipinas team manager Gabby Cui and Ryan Gregorio, special assistant to Panlilio, was shared on Instagram by Cui. Blatche is expected to practice with the team on Monday. “We are excited to see a full Gilas Pilipinas roster who will be ready to fight for flag and country,” Panlilio added. Panlilio said the team will play in a pocket tournament in Spain and play in tuneups in Manila before Gilas competes in China. For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website. … [Read more...] about FIBA World Cup: Blatche arrives to join Gilas preparations
Returning Ravena motivated by possible FIBA World Cup stint Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) - June 27, 2019 - 9:11am MANILA, Philippines – Being barred from playing a sport you love is a trying ordeal for any athlete. And after serving a 16-month suspension for unknowingly consuming banned substances from a pre-game drink, Kiefer Ravena is no longer a stranger to that struggle. But it was the ultimate goal of playing in the FIBA World Cup that kept him persevering through his suspension. "When I got suspended, I knew the World Cup was coming up and I'll be able to play right after my suspension is lifted," Ravena said in an interview with Philstar.com. The former Ateneo star's suspension ends on August 24, exactly a week before the FIBA World Cup begins. "That's the one thing that really helped me focus on my goal on coming back, I have something to look forward to besides the PBA," he said. Ravena attended practice … [Read more...] about Returning Ravena motivated by possible FIBA World Cup stint
China toughens up for FIBA World Cup with army drills (Agence France-Presse) - June 4, 2019 - 5:50pm SHANGHAI – First it was China's footballers, now its basketball team is being put through military training to toughen the hosts up for the World Cup. It is debatable whether it will help them beat the likes of Team USA's NBA stars, but the home side signaled their determination to go down fighting this autumn. A growing number of Chinese sports teams are undergoing military and political training under President Xi Jinping as a campaign to promote Communist Party values spreads into China's sporting world. The national women's football team sat down for a lesson on "patriotic education" in the build-up to the World Cup, which begins this Friday in France. Meanwhile the men's football side and several Chinese Super League teams have similarly swapped the training pitch for army barracks in recent months. This week is the … [Read more...] about China toughens up for FIBA World Cup with army drills