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Korea withdraws from Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in November

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 04:00 PM November 05, 2020
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This Feb. 23, 2020, file photo shows an empty stadium seats during the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers group A basketball game between South Korea and Thailand in Seoul, South Korea.  (Hong Hae-in/Yonhap via AP, File)

MANILA, Philippines—Korea has begged off participating in the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain amid the lingering concern that the COVID-19 pandemic still poses.

The Korea Basketball Association announced the development on Tuesday.

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“Considering the health of the national team, I thought it was right not to go to Bahrain,” a KBA official said in a report from News Naver’s Min Joon Gu.

Manama will host the November window of the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in a “bubble set up,” which will also be adopted for future qualifying windows.

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As of posting time, Bahrain has tallied 137,310 COVID-19 cases with a death toll reaching 505.

Korea leads Group A of the competition with a 2-0 record and was supposed to take on the Philippines on Nov. 28 and Indonesia on Nov. 30.

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