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pachador
10-31-2007, 01:21 AM
RP bids to host pre-Olympic cage tourney

By Joaquin Henson
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Philippines is preparing a P30 Million war chest in a bid to host the six-nation FIBA Diamond Ball Championships two weeks before the Beijing Olympics next year.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said yesterday he will discuss the bid with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann during the Asian Indoor Games in Macau this week. FIBA technical group head Lubomir Kotleba earlier gave the go-signal for the Philippines to submit a firm offer to Baumann.

Gregorio said the Diamond Ball Championships will gather the five FIBA zone champions, except the US, to play in a tournament with the host team. Hong Kong and Macau are also bidding for the hosting rights.

“It’s a stand-alone tournament,” explained Gregorio. “FIBA is making it possible for the zonal Olympic qualifiers to play tune-up games in a country close to China. We’re taking the opportunity to reintroduce the Philippines to the FIBA family.”

The bid won’t come cheap. FIBA is asking for a rights fee of $100,000. And the five visiting teams will be given $50,000 each to cover airline tickets and other expenses. The host will also pay for hotel accommodations, food and inland transportation.

The five visiting teams are African champion Angola, Oceania champion Australia, European champion Russia, Asian champion Iran and defending Olympic champion Argentina replacing the US.

“We’re excited,” said Gregorio. “If we win the bid, it means we’ll have to regroup the Philippine team. Can you imagine the interest in the Philippines playing Iran? With the assurance of Solar and other groups for support, I think we’ll be able to raise the P30 Million budget. Mr. MVP (SBP president Manny Pangilinan) is definitely backing up the project.”

Gregorio is leaving for Macau tomorrow not only to confer with Baumann but also to accompany the Philippine Nike squad participating in the 3-on-3 demonstration sport at the Asian Indoor Games. He will be back on Monday.

The 3-on-3 event will be played on Saturday. Competing are Hong Kong, Macau, China, India, Chinese-Taipei, Iran, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Luigi Trillo is coaching the Philippines whose players are 6-4 Nico Salva of San Beda, 6-2 Ryan Buenafe of San Sebastian, 5-10 Clark Bautista of Benedictine International School and 6-5 Arvie Bringas of San Sebastian. The age limit for players is 18 and for coaches, 35.

Gregorio said FIBA is experimenting on the 3-on-3 format as a possible event for the first Youth Olympics in 2010.

The full 3-on-3 schedule will roll out on Saturday. The Philippines plays Malaysia at 9:30 a.m., Chinese-Taipei at 10:30 a.m. and Iran at 1:30 p.m. in the eliminations. If the Philippines makes it to the crossover semis, the first knockout game will be played at 3 p.m. with the finals at 4:30 p.m.

mighty_lion
10-31-2007, 09:00 AM
Gregorio is leaving for Macau tomorrow not only to confer with Baumann but also to accompany the Philippine Nike squad participating in the 3-on-3 demonstration sport at the Asian Indoor Games. He will be back on Monday.

The 3-on-3 event will be played on Saturday. Competing are Hong Kong, Macau, China, India, Chinese-Taipei, Iran, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Luigi Trillo is coaching the Philippines whose players are 6-4 Nico Salva of San Beda, 6-2 Ryan Buenafe of San Sebastian, 5-10 Clark Bautista of Benedictine International School and 6-5 Arvie Bringas of San Sebastian. The age limit for players is 18 and for coaches, 35.

Gregorio said FIBA is experimenting on the 3-on-3 format as a possible event for the first Youth Olympics in 2010.

The full 3-on-3 schedule will roll out on Saturday. The Philippines plays Malaysia at 9:30 a.m., Chinese-Taipei at 10:30 a.m. and Iran at 1:30 p.m. in the eliminations. If the Philippines makes it to the crossover semis, the first knockout game will be played at 3 p.m. with the finals at 4:30 p.m.

Lifted from Philstar.net.
RP bids to host pre-Olympic cage tourney
By Joaquin Henson
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mukhang sinisimplehan tayo ng Ateneo dito ah. ;D ;D

Goodluck Philippine Nike Team.

chocoks77
10-31-2007, 10:36 AM
This might be beneficial for our basketball program in the sense that we may see where we are in playing terms with other countries we do not play against. We can measure ourselves up with Europe or Argentina or even Angola. This is if the visiting champions will even have their full strength when they come over. Para din makita natin kung gaano ka-brutal ang physical play with FIBA referees. Magiging magandang sukatan ito kung ano ba, may ibubuga pa ba ang players natin at kaya bang sumabay sa daloy ng kasalukuyang style ng laro.

pachador
10-31-2007, 11:48 AM
alam ninyo naisip ko , since tayo ang host, puede siguro tayo mag-pasok ng 2 teams kasi 5 na foreign teams lang naman yan e. bale yung first team natin siempre yung PBA national team tapos yung second team yung mga wala pa sa PBA na mga bata kasama diyan si Chiu , Aguilar, Norwood at Slaughter.
puede ito kasi ang gusto lang naman ng foreign teams na ito ay practice games bago mag- Beijing olympics