Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan will be requesting collegiate leagues to tweak their schedules to give way to the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship so that Filipino hoops fans could concentrate on the competition.
Pangilinan told reporters Friday night that he will write a letter to the respective boards of the UAAP and NCAA to ask them to suspend their respective tournaments during the championship, which the Philippines will be hosting for the first time in 40 years.
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“I’m thinking, for us to focus on this international event, we will request the boards of both UAAP and NCAA to suspend their games in those relevant days,” said Pangilinan.
“At that time, start na ang collegiate leagues. Of course we have to write and it’s really up to them.”
The Philippines was officially granted the hosting rights of the championship Thursday after FIBA Asia decided to relocate the hosting from Lebanon due to security reasons.
The tournament, which will serve as the qualifier for the 2014 World Championship in Spain, is scheduled to tip off on August 1 to 11.
By that time, the UAAP and the NCAA would be playing their elimination round games.