MANILA, Philippines -- The inaugural 3x3 tournament is another casualty of the stoppage of all Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) activities due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The PBA was set to unveil a 14-team 3x3 tournament that was supposed to run concurrent to the 2020 Philippine Cup. All 12 PBA franchises were set to compete, along with Mighty Bond and Dunkin Donut.
However, with the pandemic's impact on the league, they have been forced to put the tournament on hold as well.
"Right now, the 3x3 is, siyempre, on hold," said PBA deputy commissioner Eric Castro during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday.
"We're supposed to start it this Philippine Cup, but for now… probably for the next season, we'll see kung kailan natin mare-restart 'yung 3x3," he added.
All PBA activities have been on hold since March 11 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The PBA's inaugural 3x3 tournament would have been a big boost to the country's FIBA ranking, which is a factor in Olympic qualification. Moreover, commissioner Willie Marcial had also proposed a women's 3x3 tournament.
With the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of the PBA season, however, the future of its 3x3 tournament is also up in the air.
"It will be discussed by the Board," said Castro. "Siguro, pinaka-safest would be, we'll see by next season."
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