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Chemistry will be of vital importance to Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 as she faces the daunting task of making her way through the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifier in Graz, Austria to secure a place at the Games in Tokyo.
The Philippines will compete against Slovenia, France, Qatar and the Dominican Republic in the short tournament from May 26th to 30th.
“We have a selfless group of people,” Joshua Munzon, the best 3×3 player in the country, told Radyo Singko’s Power and Play with Noli Eala show.
“[We have] people willing to oppose other people, whether some people are taking pictures and some are not taking pictures.”
Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa have less than a month to work on their cohesion while they train at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna before flying to Austria. </ "This is a good opportunity to get on the pitch and perfect that chemistry and build on it," Munzon said.
“It was a dream for all of us to win the Olympics and this is a great opportunity for us and our country.”
At the Olympic qualification tournament, in which a total of 20 teams compete against each other, only 3 tickets to Tokyo can be won.
In order for the Philippines – in 20th place in the world – to make a jump into one of these berths, they have to go to of group C against Slovenia No. 2, France No. 10, Qatar No. 26 win as many games and No. 33 Dominican Republic.
Only the two best teams from each of the four groups reach the knockout phase.
“We’ve been studying these teams for the last month or so,” Munzon said as the team kept in touch through online workouts and movie sessions.
“We all have a goal and we all know what that goal is. I think it should be easy to get on the pitch and achieve that goal.” – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamed of being a PBA player but he didn’t have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to be an athlete – write about her.
He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.