Bahrain hosts FIBA Asia Cup bubble

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    IT will be a bubble in Bahrain for Gilas Pilipinas.

    The FIBA announced last Sunday that the Bahrain capital city of Manama will be one of the hosts of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers under mini-bubble setups in November.

    Manama will host the matches in Group A, where Gilas is bracketed along with South Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia.

    “The decision to play both windows in bubbles, instead of home and away games, for men’s competitions, was confirmed by the FIBA Executive Committee in September after taking into consideration the health and safety of players, coaches, and officials, and following a recommendation from the Medical and Competitions Commissions,” the FIBA said.

    “(The) FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Asia on a daily basis and communicate further updates regarding FIBA Competitions when necessary.”

    Group D games will also be played in the city among hosts Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, and India, while Doha will host Group B, which include China, Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Malaysia, and Group E, consisting of Qatar, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.