FIBA Asia Cup postponed by two weeks


Posted at Apr 13 2020 04:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- FIBA, the world governing body of basketball, last week confirmed that it had changed the schedules of its major tournaments after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. 

The FIBA Olympic qualifying tournaments are now set to be played between June 22 and July 4 next year, while the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 and the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 will be held between September 1 and September 18, 2022.

The FIBA Asia Cup, meanwhile, has been moved two weeks to August 17-29, 2021. The move was done to "avoid any calendar clash with the Tokyo Olympic Games," according to the organization.

The FIBA Asia Cup was originally set for August 3 to 15, 2021 before the novel coronavirus pandemic forced a change of schedule. 

The Afrobasket has also moved, and will now be held on August 24 to September 5.

"I'm very pleased that, in a very challenging period, FIBA has been able to conduct an internal consultation process so fast and confirm an updated calendar for our senior tournaments within almost 2 weeks from the IOC's announcement of the new dates for the Olympic Games," said FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis.

"The outcome is a calendar of FIBA major events which remains very attractive for our fans, with a balanced distribution of top events, keeping always in mind the welfare and availability of players."

Before all FIBA competitions were postponed, Gilas Pilipinas played one qualifying game for the FIBA Asia Cup. They routed Indonesia, 100-70, in Jakarta. 

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