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Huge boost for Gilas as Philippines picked to host Olympic qualifiers

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
10:58 PM January 19, 2016
A fan waving a Philippine flag. Photo from Fiba.com

A fan waving a Philippine flag. Photo from Fiba.com

After missing out on its bid to host the 2019 Fiba World Cup, the Philippines got a consolation as it was chosen to stage one of three Olympic qualifiers slated on July 5 to 11.

Hosting the qualifiers will give Gilas Pilipinas a boost in its campaign to crash the 2016 Rio Olympics after failing to nail an automatic berth when it lost to China in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship last October.

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READ: PBA agrees to move Govs’ Cup to accommodate Olympic qualifiers

China also outbid the Philippines for the World Cup last August.

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Serbia and Italy were the two other countries that will host the qualifiers, as announced by the official Fiba Twitter account Tuesday night.

READ: PBA Board commits full support for Gilas, releases 17 players for Olympic Wildcard pool

The groupings of the countries will be determined on January 26 after a draw conducted by Fiba.

Three years ago, the Philippines successfully hosted the 2013 Fiba Asia where it won the silver medal and secured a trip to the World Cup the following year.

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