SBP faces new problem

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    WILL the government give the green light to the third window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Clark?

    Although the FIBA announced last Friday that the staging of two group play matches was given back to the Philippines after Doha’s hosting was canceled, the country’s hosting is still uncertain for now, according to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas director for operations Butch Antonio.

    “It’s still very fluid. Nothing is cast in stone. We still have to talk to the authorities to get the necessary permissions. Ang maganda is Hagop (Khajirian, the FIBA Asia executive director) is very much interested and supportive of this gesture natin,” Antonio said last Saturday on Radyo5 92.3 News FM’s Power and Play program hosted by former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.

    “Pero again, there is nothing cast in stone yet. Things have to be worked out, details have to be worked out. Marami pang dapat ayusin pa,” he added.

    Antonio maintained the SBP has to work double time to get the go-signal for the qualifiers.

    “We still have to make the necessary coordination. We have to talk to them again and seek permission again like iyong ginawa natin when we’re supposed to host. We’re literally holding hands with the group of Secretary Vince Dizon just to make sure na tuloy-tuloy at maayos ang pag-host noon,” Antonio said.

    “If at all it happens, we have to do the same thing with the permission of the IATF and just to make sure that everything is coordinated properly.”

    With the schedule of the third window hanging in the air, the Filipino dribblers have broken camp at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.