Willie Marcial: Cancellation of the Asian Games could Impact World Cup Preparations

Willie Marcial smiles after a recent meeting with the French Ambassador to the Philippines Michele Boccoz center. And French Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Narc Piton. Willie Marcial is all smiles following a recent meeting with French Ambassador. To the Philippines Michele Boccoz center and French Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Narc Piton right. On June 26, the Philippines and France will celebrate 75 years of friendship. —PBA IMAGES

The cancellation of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. May alleviate some of the pressure on the Philippine Basketball Association’s schedule. Still, the league commissioner is more concerned about the ramifications for the national program.

“Certainly, it’s a positive development for the league,” Willie Marcial told the Inquirer via phone on Friday. Referring to a one-month sabbatical after the Philippine Cup that the PBA had scheduled to assist Gilas Pilipinas. In preparing for the Asian Games.

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“However, it is also one of the methods to prepare for the 2019 Fiba World Cup”. Willie Marcial said, adding that the league has yet to receive formal word of the cancellation. In which cause by an increase in coronavirus cases in neighboring Shanghai.

“We’re going to evaluate the situation. But we haven’t received formal news that it’s been pushed back to next year,” he said.

Gilas Pilipinas is putting together a team that might compete credibly. In the basketball tournament that the Philippines will co-host with Japan and Indonesia. As part of the preparation, the national squad participated in as many international matches as possible.

Meanwhile, 67 names have given in for the annual Rookie Draft. And Willie Marcial expects that number to increase before the league’s deadline on Saturday.

“The application deadline is tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. And we’re still anticipating a few more candidates to submit their names immediately before the deadline,” he continued.
Ganuelas-Rosser, the brother of TNT forward Matt, is anticipated to be the first overall choice. In the annual Draft on May 15. At Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita due to his 6-foot-7 frame and experience.

Blackwater will select first, followed by two further picks late in the first round. Converge aims to be immediately competitive after acquiring the Alaska team a month ago.

On Friday, a PBA source told the Inquirer. That La Salle star and Gilas cadet Justine Baltazar would also enter the Draft. Baltazar is currently assisting the Green Archers in reaching the Finals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Men’s basketball tournament.

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