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Philippines gets Olympic qualifying berth after New Zealand pullout

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 08:11 PM February 26, 2021
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Gilas Pilipinas. FIBA BASKETBALL FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines earned a slot in the 2020 Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament following New Zealand’s withdrawal from the competition, Fiba announced on Friday.

New Zealand decided to withdraw from the OQT in Belgrade, Serbia due to the spike in competitions and cost of sending teams abroad. The county instead will focus on the Asia Cup, World Cup, and 2024 Olympics.

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Fiba’s decision to include the Philippines in the OQT in Serbia is because of the country’s ranking in the Asia-Oceania region men’s world ranking.

The Philippines is the no.6 country in the Asia-Oceania region behind Australia, Iran, New Zealand, China, and Korea.

Teams that will play in Belgrade are Group A’s Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and host Serbia, and Group B’s  Puerto Rico, Italy, and Senegal.

The four best teams out of all the four OQTs—Lithuania, Croatia, Canada, and Serbia—will advance to Tokyo for the Summer Games.

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