THE PHILIPPINES will now serve as the kickoff point for the 2020 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Masters this August 15 to 16 at the SM Megamall. This comes after FIBA announced another round of revisions to its 2020 competition calendar amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
For now, there will only be eight legs for the World Tour, including the Grand Finals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from November 14 to 15. This is a far cry from the 12 legs held in 2019.
Among the early entries to the Manila Masters are powerhouses Novi Sad of Serbia and Sakiai Gulbele of Lithuania. The Filipino representative is yet to be determined after the opening of the 2020 Chooks To Go Pilipinas 3X3 Presidents Cup last March 29 was postponed.
After the Philippines, the tour shifts to Debrecen, Hungary (August 29) and Montreal, Canada (September 5). The remainder of the tour will be played in Asia and the Middle East with stops in Utsonomiya, Japan (October 3), Chengdu, China (October 17), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (October 23) and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (October 30) before concluding in Riyadh.
Meanwhile, it’s still green and go for the 20202 FIBA 3X3 Asia Cup from September 9 to 13 in Hunan, China and the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Under-17 Asia Cup from October 8 to 11 in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. According to FIBA, the Philippines will be fielding entries in the Women’s Division only for both continental tournaments.
It will be recalled that the Philippines through Boss Ronald Mascarinas of Chooks offered to take over the hosting chores for the Asia Cup that was originally set for this May. China has been tagged as the source of COVID-19.