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FIBA 3x3 Manila Masters pushed to Aug. 15-16 due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3 season, highlighted by the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters, is postponed. Chooks-To-Go (file photo)
By Dugout Philippines

MANILA--Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has decided to postpone the opening of the 2020 President's Cup and the World Tour Manila Masters due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The two entities came to this conclusion last Thursday in a teleconference that considered the continuous increase in COVID-19 cases and the declaration of Public Health Emergency.

"We have decided to move the opening of our first conference to a later date because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said league owner Ronald MascariƱas.

"As Filipinos, the health and safety of our players, officials, staff, and, most importantly, our fans are the most important thing to us."

The six-leg President's Cup was supposed to open its curtains on March 29 at the events center of SM Fairview. The league will feature 12 teams, nine of which coming from the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

The Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3X3 World Tour Manila Masters, on the other hand, was slated to take place from May 2-3 at SM Megamall Fashion Hall. It has now been moved to Aug. 15-16 at the same venue.

The Manila Masters is a max-level FIBA 3x3 event featuring the world's best clubs.

Other FIBA 3x3 events that have been moved are the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, supposed to take place from March 18-22 in Bengaluru, India, and the Asia Cup, May 13-17 in China.

A date has not been set for the OQT but according to FIBA, it has to take place before the Universality OQT (April 24-26 in Budapest, Hungary). The Asia Cup has been moved to Sept. 9-13.

For now, MascariƱas is calling for every Filipino to keep safe.

"We at Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas are closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis. But for now, we are calling on everyone to make personal safety as the utmost priority," he concluded.

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