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Gearing up for 2020 Olympics, Japan breaks tourism record

A record number of tourists visited Japan last year, the government said Friday, as the country gears up to welcome the world to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Some 28.7 million foreign tourists entered Japan in 2017, meaning the country has tripled its number of visitors in the past five years amid a massive promotional drive ahead of the Olympics. This was a nearly 20 percent gain on the previous year, driven by Chinese tourists taking advantage of more frequent low-cost flights to Japan. According to figures up to November, Chinese tourists led the way with 6.79 million trips, just ahead of South Korea with 6.46 million. Tokyo has eased visa requirements, expanded...Keep on reading: Gearing up for 2020 Olympics, Japan breaks tourism record.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 12th, 2018

Boystown Cebu breaks FIBA 3x3 record

With 1,380 kids signed up in the FIBA 3x3 Play app, the first of the two-day 3x3 basketball fiesta of Chooks-to-Go and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Saturday at the Sisters of Mary School Boystown in Minglanilla, Cebu was already a historic one. The feat erased the previous-FIBA record of 1,114 under-18 players. "We at Chooks-to-Go are really elated with the turnout. But this victory is not ours alone. It's the country's achievement," beamed Chooks-to-Go President Ronald Mascariñas, "I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the SBP and the sisters from SMS for making all of this possible." Aside from shattering world records, the event gave the Philippines much-needed federation points in FIBA 3x3 to hopefully qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where the sport will officially be a medal event. SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio and Batang Gilas team manager Andrew Teh were in full force for the historic day. "We're glad that we're making history with these young kids," said Barrios, "It's very overwhelming and heartwarming that we got into this partnership with Chooks-to-Go and the Sisters of Mary nuns para magawa natin ito ng sama-sama." College basketball stars Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena who are Chooks' main ambassadors of the sport played a pick-up game with some of Boystown's best 3x3 warriors. The basketball operations in all of the 50 half courts in Boystown were headed by SBP's Mark Solano, Ryan Betia, Xander Gubat, Region XIII director Jerry Abuyabor, and Boystown athletic director Van Parmis. But Boystown Cebu, SBP, and Chooks are not done yet. On Sunday, in Girlstown in Talisay, Cebu, they target to completely topple the FIBA record of most 3x3 players regardless of age which was set at 1,898 participants......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games

TOKYO --- With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport's biggest stage. The Japanese Olympic Committee has set an ambitious target of 30 gold medals for the 2020 Olympics, almost double the national record. The most gold medals Japan has won at the Summer Olympics is 16 --- in 1964 at Tokyo and in 2004 at Athens. At the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, Japan claimed the sixth-highest number of gold medals with 12. The Asian Games, being held Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang, are an important stepping stone. While Japan ...Keep on reading: With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Record heat broils Japan, prompting warnings

TOKYO, Japan – Japanese officials issued new warnings Monday, July 23, as a deadly heat wave blankets the country, producing record high temperatures  in Tokyo just two years before the city hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics. Officials said last week that the heat wave had killed at least 15 people and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Probe of IOC’s Tsunekazu Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO --- A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation, suspected by French investigators of authorizing the payment of bribes to help land the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when IOC members voted in 2013. In a Japanese Olympic Committee statement on Friday, Takeda denied any wrongdoing. A distant relative of Japan's royal family --- the great grandson of the Meiji Emperor --- Takeda could join a growing list of suspended IOC members, and honora...Keep on reading: Probe of IOC’s Tsunekazu Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

3x3 history makers of Boystown Cebu get generous reward

The students of Sisters of Mary School Boystown and Girlstown in Cebu are on the verge of being history makers for setting a world record for the most 3x3 players in a FIBA sanctioned tournament. By Sunday, the feat will be completed with over 2,000 participants in the competition. But even before the history is cemented, Chooks-to-Go already gave a thanksgiving gift to the institution worth PHP 100,000. But it ended up being more than that. Prior to the Manok ng Bayan-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas 3x3 tourney, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascariñas had already planned to donate the said amount. Little did everyone know that the amiable executive had a surprise in store. "When I walked in here, ang daming nagpapasalamat sa amin. Pero kami talaga ang nagpapasalamat sa inyo. You are already giving back to the country as the points we will accumulate here will help in our journey to the 2020 Olympics," Mascariñas shared during the opening remarks of the two-day tournament in Cebu. "That is why on top of the 100,000, we are going to give 100,000 every month to help continue the cycle of goodness by the sisters here," added the executive. Upon hearing this, the SBP commended Chooks-to-Go as it continues to help spread their mission of helping in nation-building through basketball. "On-the-spot yun eh. Napagusapan lang namin is magbibigay sila ng 100,000. Yung magbibigay siya ng monthly, on-the-spot yun, doon lang sa stage at siya lang nagsabi dahil natuwa siya sa nakita niyang reception at involvement ng mga bata at mga madre," gushed SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios. For Boystown, they plan to use the funds they will receive to continue the development of their sports program and to build more rooms inside the school. "Sa totoo lang umiyak ako," said Sister of Mary School Boystown athletic director Van Parmis, "I'm happy and blessed sa Boystown and Girlstown kasi yung Chooks-to-Go magbibigay ng 100,000 per month, malaking bagay sa mga opportunities ng bata. Yung wish namin po, tupad na po eh. Natupad yung wish namin dahil sa Chooks-to-Go. Dahil din sa SBP, na-recognize yung Boystown." "The kids' happiness is our happiness," added Sister Laresa Morasa, SM......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Cebu event attempts to break 3x3 world record

It's all systems go for Chooks-to-Go and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas as they are set to break the world record for most number of participants in a FIBA 3x3 basketball tournament in Sisters of Mary School Boystown and Girlstown in Cebu this weekend. Currently, the FIBA-record for kids is at 1,114 participants while the overall record saw 1,898 players. For this two-day event, with 1,100 players from Boystown and 1,500 participants from Girlstown, the Philippines is well on its way to making history. More than breaking the world record, the vision of the event is to add federation points under Philippines' belt in the 3x3 stage. More points in the federation mean more chances of earning a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where 3x3 basketball will officially be a medal event. As of press time, the Philippines is at 55th place with 545,311 in the Federation Rankings. It has to be at least in the top eight to bolster their chances of qualification in the 2020 Olympics. But the possibility of breaking a record and qualifying for the Olympics is just a by-product, with the grander goal focused on building the foundation for the country's Olympic dream in 3x3 basketball. "With this event, we are hoping for two things," said Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas during the press conference for the event held at Bai Hotel in Cebu City. "One is to teach the sport of 3x3 basketball to these kids. Though it is just like indoor basketball, iba ang rules at skill sets needed for 3x3. And we are hoping to see that the kids of Boystown and Girlstown will grow up and be part of our league Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3," he shared. "More importantly, we hope that we could instill the importance of pride for country to these kids. With Kobe and Thirdy, both of whom have represented the country well, the participants tomorrow and on Sunday will find their role models in them," he added. Serving as mentors for the event are former 3x3 youth team players Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena. "We in the SBP continue to promote the time-tested values given by sports like hard work, respect for authority, following rules and regulations," added SBP executive director Sonny Barrios. "Lahat yun, if you expand and embrace it, the country, we think, will have a good future. It's our way of contributing to nation-building. The youth is the hope of the fatherland and we share this value with Chooks-to-Go.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Thirdy and Kobe come home to 3x3

The 3x3 basketball court is home to almost every Filipino who grew up loving the game. This is a narrative that both Chooks-to-Go 3x3 ambassadors Thirdy Ravena and Kobe Paras share as they participate in Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' attempt to set a world record this weekend in Cebu. Ravena, Paras, and the rest of over 2,000 Students of Sisters of Mary Boystown and Girlstown from Minglanilla and Talisay will simultaneously play 3x3 basketball over the weekend to break the initial record of 1,898 players. "It's truly an honor to be part of something historic," said Paras, "Growing up in 3x3, this brings a lot of memories for me." "Noong bata ako, three-on-three talaga ang nilalaro ko," added Ravena. The pair are set to spend time with the kinds in both campuses. While playing a full game is not set in stone for the two, they promised that they will make sure to make the students happy as they make history together. In addition to setting a world record, the two-day tournament will help the Philippines in racking up FIBA 3x3 federation points to help their bid for a 2020 Tokyo Olympics spot. 3x3 will officially be a medal event in the coming Olympics. This is a fact that both college stars are very thrilled to help with especially that they have both played in the international stage of 3x3. Paras won the gold in the Slam Dunk event in the 2015 FIBA 3x3 Under-18 Championship while Ravena had a chance to suit up in the 2013 FIBA Under-16 3x3 World Cup in Jakarta. "Now that it's a growing sport and an Olympic event, talagang dream come true ito for us," said Ravena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

2020 Tokyo Games to use hydrogen fuel to light cauldrons, torch during relay

TOKYO --- The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games is planning to use the next-generation energy of hydrogen fuel to light the flames of the cauldrons and torch relay, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. If realized, the 2020 Games would be the first Olympics to use the alternative energy source for this purpose. Hydrogen produced at a state-of-the-art plant under construction in Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, will be used, the sources said. The Athletes' Village also will use hydrogen fuel as a power source. The organizing committee intends to showcase Japan's advanced technology with ...Keep on reading: 2020 Tokyo Games to use hydrogen fuel to light cauldrons, torch during relay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

Gold medals, grey zones: Tokyo 2020 budget sparks dispute

TOKYO, Japan – Should weather forecasting satellites or roomy black cabs with distinctive logos be included in a country's Olympic budget?  That is a problem Japan and Tokyo 2020 organizers are wrestling with as they try to work out just how much they will end up spending on the Olympics. Organizers will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

PBA Finals: Alex Compton sick to the stomach as he sinks to 0-5 in Finals

ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL -- After another loss in the PBA Finals, his fifth out of five appearances, coach Alex Compton admitted that the feeling of frustration gets to him every time the Alaska Aces bow out of the championship series. Compton, who is 0-5 in the Finals, set a new record for most Finals appearances without a victory, extending his torment against San Miguel Corporation-backed teams. The Aces lost to the San Miguel Beermen in three heartbreaking series, with them bowing their heads down every time. Alaska lost to San Miguel for the first time under Compton's watch in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, an epic seven-game showdown which was not decided up until the final buzzer.  San Miguel and Alaska then faced each other once more in the Governors' Cup Finals that same season, where the Aces and import Romeo Travis were swept 4-0 by the same squad. His squad then faced the Paul Lee-led Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Commissioner's Cup Finals the very next season, where they lost in six games. It also featured a Paul Lee dagger, with the guard drilling the game-winner from the baseline, a similar shot Lee drilled in Game 5 of this series over two years later.  Despite all this, they held their head up high and faced dreaded San Miguel the very next conference, and they looked like they had the series in the bag, up 3-0. However, the Beermen established history and won the next four games to become the first PBA team ever to climb back in a run now immortalized as the 'Beeracle'. Fast forward to Wednesday evening. Magnolia used its choking defense to get easy baskets and it became the difference in the 102-86 clincher at the Ynares Center here.  "Right now I feel sick to my stomach, but you know, the bottom line is, if you don't win the championship in the PBA, you lost. So it's all of us, we lost in the Finals. 11 teams lost to Magnolia, we lost in the Finals. That's how it works," the mentor said after the season-ending loss. "I think what's particularly painful about the Finals loss is that you're there. It's that you're there. It's always frustrating." Even though he has not won a Finals series just yet, Compton knows that it is a better feeling to have fought hard but fell short than a disastrous season like the previous one. The former pro also lamented if the ball did not sail to Paul Lee's hands in Game 5, which led to the Best Player of the Conference drilling the game-winner with 1.3 seconds left to take the 79-78 win at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.  "But when you're there, when you're a blocked shot, loose ball away from winning Game 5, when you're there, everything just feels... it's more painful in a sense." With the PBA season set to start January 2019 and end January 2020, there will be no real offseason, since the three-conference tournaments will have long breaks due to the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, and the South East Asian Games set to be held in the country November.  In a team with no real superstars, they rely on Compton's system and Alaska's culture to get wins, but of course, it would be difficult to be good if the players are nicked and banged up due to injuries.  How will Alaska deal with the long and winding road that is the PBA season? "So, the question is how do you handle a pre-season going into another 14-month season, that's due to end late January of 2020. There might be a little bit of triage early on."   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

Tilting tourism two ways

Long before Japan and Korea became dream destinations, Hong Kong was the Filipinos’ go-to place for holidays and quick breaks. To many, it remains a favorite. One reason for this, perhaps, is proximity ─ it only takes a little over two hours to get to the former British colony from Manila by plane. Another is […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Olympic referendum: Shall it be ‘Taiwan’ or ‘Chinese Taipei’

Athletes from Taiwan compete at the Olympics under the name of a make-believe country: Chinese Taipei. They march behind an imaginary national flag and, if they win a gold medal, hear an "alternate national anthem" being played. Imagine if France or Australia had to use an assumed name at the Olympics, or the United States and Japan were banned from flying their flags. A referendum to challenge this will be held in Taiwan on Saturday. It asks if the self-governing island should compete in international sports events --- including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics --- as "Taiwan" instead of "Chinese Taipei." "We are the sole IOC member banned from using our own country's name," said ...Keep on reading: Olympic referendum: Shall it be ‘Taiwan’ or ‘Chinese Taipei’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

New Japan hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020

TOKYO, Japan – New hotels in Japan with more than 50 rooms will be required to provide wheelchair-friendly accommodation, the government said Tuesday, October 16, as the country gears up to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Japan is hoping to attract around 40 million tourists annually by the time ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for Olympic planning

TOKYO --- An IOC inspector working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says a powerful typhoon and a deadly earthquake that hit Japan in the last 10 days have been a wake-up call for organizers. The most powerful typhoon in 25 years left 11 dead in the Osaka area of western Japan when it struck Sept. 4. A few days later, a deadly earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido and killed about 40. John Coates, an Australian who heads the inspection team, says what happened "has hit home to me." Coates helped organize the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He says organizers there simulated disasters, but he adds "you don't have to dream anything up in this country, it's very sad to say." He s...Keep on reading: Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for Olympic planning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Margielyn Didal s uphill climb to Asian Games gold

PALEMBANG - Filipina skateboarder Margielyn Arda Didal reigned supreme in the women's street competition at the 2018 Asian Games from start to finish. The 19-year-old Cebuana paced the pack after her second run and never looked back to bag the Philippines' fourth gold medal. Didal was so dominating that she posted an untouchable top score of 30.4 points for her smashing Asian Games debut. Japan’s Isa Kaya placed a distant second with 25.0 points from the combined two runs and two top tricks with 25.0 for silver while 12-year-old Nyimas Bunga of Indonesia took the bronze with a tally of 19.8 in this captivating millennial sport making its maiden appearance in the quadrennial, 45-nation sportsfest. “I am very happy I did my best. Sobra ang saya po, lalung –lalo na sa mga skateboarders natin,” said the gregarious Didal, who  lived up to her billing as the top favorite after her devil-may-care showing at the packed arena. After her resounding win, Didal revealed the hardships she had to work through just to get some practice back in Cebu. Asian Games Skateboarding Gold medal winner Didal from Cebu recounts hardship just to practice ‘hinahabol kami ng police kasi Bawal’ pic.twitter.com/tKaQbDJWWT — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 "Sa streets lang, hinahabol kami ng pulis, mga security pag may nakitang nag-skate," Didal told ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo via video interview. "Minsan po pag nasa mall, pag nakahawak ka ng board, bawal ka pumasok," she continued. “Gusto ko rin na maipakita na skateboarding is a serious sport but can also be fun as well.” Didal's mother is a streetfood vendor back in Cebu, while his father is a carpenter. Both her parents were unable to accompany or even witness her historic feat. With the win however, a lot of opportunities are set to arise for the young skateboarder.  Didal will receive P6 million in incentives from the government and other groups as a reward for gold medalists in the Asiad, and she plans to use the money to finally bring her family to her next event. Margielyn’s mother is a street food vendor in Cebu , her father a carpenter. She hopes to be able to get them a passport so they can be at her next comp abroad . pic.twitter.com/QADA0LoXtQ — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 "Kukuhan ko rin sila (parents) ng passport after Asian Games kasi maraming invitations sa skate event. Para makasama sa next event ko, sa Brazil," she bared. Skateboarding made its debut in this iteration of the quadrennial meet, and will become a medal sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Didal trained in the United States for two months before competing in Indonesia, with nothing more than a dream to erase skateboarding's negative connotation in the country.  "[Para] sa skate scene sa Pinas, manibago naman yung tingin ng ibang tao sa skateboarding," an emotional Didal bared. Now a gold medalist, Didal hopes her success leads to better support for the discipline.  Margielyn spent 2 months training in the USA sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation , NB , POC . She gets emotional talking about how she hopes skateboarding would be given attention as a Sport . pic.twitter.com/ORTcIE4jPI — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 Didal leanred to skate in the streets of Cebu . She hopes there will be Public Skateparks set up around the country as so much talent among Pinoys in this Sport , says the 19 yr old . pic.twitter.com/c3T7Lt4aUK — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 Her golden achievement was the fourth mint courtesy of Pinoy female athletes after weightlifter Hidylin Diaz, golfer Yuka Saso and the PH women’s gold squad, and the first major contribution of the compact national contingent competing in 10 events here to the country’s overall medal tally.      Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas and chairman Bambol Tolentino, who went straight from the airport to the venue,  arrived just in time to witness  the former street kid go  from strength to strength in garnering  “I am blessed to witness this great event by a young girl, a carpenter’s daughter and former street kid, who did so well.  Because of her hard work and belief in herself she is now where she is,” noted Vargas after witnessing Didal’s impressive run. “Congratulations Margie. The country is grateful for your efforts and sacrifices ,” said Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez in statement from Manila immediately after learning of the Cebuana’s accomplisthment. “We are arranging a hero’s welcome for  you. “Your PSC family is behind you all the way. Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino.” Also greeting Didal immediately after her victory were deputy chef de mission Manny Cabili  and POC officials Col. Jeff Tamayo and Jonne Go. A veteran of the prestigious Street League championships in London last May – the first Southeast Asian to be invited to the event – Didal led from start to finish, setting the tone of the lopsided contest with an opening score of 6.7 points, highlighted by a difficult  ”Board Slide” on the railings after taking the higher platform.      Using a 8Five2 yellow skateboard, she displayed her own version of hang time with an “Ollie” on her second run to go comfortably ahead with 14.4 points to second-running Isa’s 13.3, and seemingly was just getting started. In the tricks section, where the two best scores out five tries count , Didal went full throttle with another “Board Slide” to net 6.0 in her initial run, took it easy with a 3.7 output in the second, before wrapping the gold up with eye-popping scores of 7.1 and 8.9 points in the third and fourth attempts. With a flair for the dramatic, her coup de grace was an acrobatic “Backside 50/50, 360-degree Flip Out” that drew oohs and ahhs from the gallery – an astonishing feat considering that it was the first time she did it in a major international competition. “This was the first time that Margielyn tried that stunt and is the highest score garnered by any skateboarder so far in the street event,”noted Skateboard Association of the Philippines Inc. president Monty Mendigoria. Didal and the rest of the skateboarding were scheduled to return to Manila on Thursday in what undoubtedly will be a hero's welcome for the country’s latest golden Asian Games sensation. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Swimmer Rikako Ikee: A smiling face for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Japan's Rikako Ikee hold sup her gold medal after winning the women's 50m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Liu breaks 50-meter backstroke world record at Asian Games

Women's 50m backstroke gold medalist China's Liu Xiang, centre, stands with silver medalist China's Fu Yuanhui, left, and bronze medalist Japan's Natsumi Sakai on the podium dur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

Japan go from prostitutes to podium at Asian Games

Teenager Rikako Ikee spearheaded a golden night for Japan's swimmers on Monday after the expulsion of four basketball players for using prostitutes rocked the Japanese team at the Asian Games. Ikee, 18, won the women's 100m freestyle and the 50m butterfly, Kanako Watanabe took women's 200m breaststroke gold and Japan's men beat Sun Yang's China in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Sun, China's fearsome triple Olympic champion, won the Games' inaugural 800m freestyle title but Japan still outshone their fierce Asian swimming rivals by four gold medals to three. It provided a positive end to the day for Japan, who will host the next Olympics in 2020, after the four basketball players were c...Keep on reading: Japan go from prostitutes to podium at Asian Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games

TOKYO (AP) - With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport's biggest stage. T.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

New league out to help grow 3x3 in Philippines

Carrying the Philippine flag high and competing at a global level in 3x3 basketball - that is at stake in the Sina 3x3 Golden League Manila 2018. The first-ever tournament hopes to ride the rising tide of 3x3 as a sport - especially now that it is part of the medal tally in the Olympics. "With the introduction of 3x3 as a medal sport in Tokyo 2020, we want to enable more people to showcase their talent and present them with a global platform in Beijing," managing director Lars Heidenreich of Mediapro Asia, the organizers of the event, said. A total of 128 teams from the Philippines, Australia, Japan, Serbia, Taiwan, UK, and USA will vie for cash prizes of USD 3, 000 for the champion; USD 2, 000 for the first runner-up; and USD 1, 000 for the second runner-up. More importantly, they will be battling for the crown in the Manila tournament with the champion headed to Beijing for the inaugural Sina 3x3 International Elite League from November 13 to 17. There, the Philippine champion will compete against 11 of the best teams from around the world for the right to be named the first-ever Elite League champion as well as a cash prize of USD 50, 000. The three-day eliminations is scheduled on September 12 to 14 at the Taft Food by the Park in Manila and then the playoffs and Finals are set for September 15 at the Vista Mall in Taguig......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018