Korea withdraws from Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in November
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.
“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.
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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