FIBA delegates begin arriving for Clark bubble
Basketball teams that are taking part in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup Qualifiers have started arriving in Clark, Pampanga for the games, including Gilas Pilipinas.
The players were welcomed by Bases Conversion Development Authority president and CEO Vince Dizon, Clark Development Corp. (CDC) President and CEO Manuel Gaerlan, and BCDA Senior Vice President for Corporate Services Group Arrey Perez at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Clark.
“This is the first international sporting event since we went through this very difficult time. Seeing Gilas Pilipinas compete here at home is such a welcome sight and gives us so much hope that we are towards the tail end of this difficult time,” Dizon told a press conference.
Gaerlan said, “We are very much proud and happy to host here in Clark the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.”
“We hope that our countrymen will cheer not only for our national team but also welcome the teams from China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei,” he added.
“We cannot overemphasize our gratitude for their valuable support to make this event take place after a couple of earlier postponements because of the challenges of the pandemic. But through your kind and strong assistance, finally we are here,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios.
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