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PH gets Olympic qualifying slot

AFTER New Zealand withdrew from the competition, the Philippines earned a slot in the 2020 Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Fiba announced on Friday that it has decided to include the Philippines in the OQT in Serbia 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.

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