Philippines confirmed as hosts of three groups in FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers

The Philippines is set to host three groups when FIBA holds its Asia Cup Qualifiers from June 16-20 in Clark, Pampanga, the federation's Asian Regional Office confirmed on Friday.

Aside from the host's Group A, the country will also be serving as the venue for the games for Groups B and C in the five-day affair. Amman, Jordan, on the other hand, will host Groups E and F from June 12-14.

"Organized in protected environment tournaments in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants, these games will determine the ten teams that will join Bahrain and Lebanon, already qualified for the event," said FIBA in a statement.

The Philippines, which is on top of Group A with a 3-0 record, is joined by South Korea (2-0), Indonesia (1-2), and Thailand (0-4). Gilas only needs one more win to secure a spot in the continental meet.

Group B is led by Chinese Taipei's 1-1 record, followed by Japan's 1-0 card. Malaysia lost their only game, while China had not yet played any of their matchups.

The final bracket, Group C, comprises Australia (2-1), New Zealand (2-1), Guam (0-1), and Hong Kong (0-1).

A total of 20 national squads will be making the FIBA Asia Cup, calendared this August in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This will be the third time that FIBA has set a schedule for the third window of the qualifiers. The first two dates were postponed due to government restrictions in the Philippines and Qatar.

"FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any further updates regarding its competitions if necessary," explained the governing body.

Gilas will be facing the Koreans twice and the Indonesians once, should the original schedule be followed.