MANILA – The Philippines will no longer host the February window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers (ACQ) due to the brand-new coronavirus variation first discovered in the UK (UK).

” The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regrets to inform everybody that the Philippines’ hosting of Groups A and C for the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers this February is canceled due to the nation’s travel restriction,” the regional governing body for basketball stated in a statement on Tuesday.

Since January 15, the Philippines has placed travel restrictions on South Korea, Hong Kong, and Australia, three countries that have actually validated cases of the UK variant.

South Korea is organized with Gilas Pilipinas Guys in Group A, while Hong Kong and Australia remain in Group C.

” We have actually continuously communicated with our partners from the National Job Force Against Covid-19 and they have notified us that there would be no exemptions from the existing travel limitations announced by the Department of Foreign Affairs,” SBP president Al Panlilio stated.

It was a big blow for the SBP, which according to the group “put in a great deal of effort into our hosting of the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.”

“This is why it is with terrific sadness that we announce it is no longer going to happen,” it included.

The February window for Groups A and C can still push through as arranged from February 17 to 23, however it might suggest they need to discover a new nation that can host them by means of a bubble.

“We are dealing with FIBA to try to find possible options to this situation,” Panlilio added.

The Philippines is not the only nation that has actually pled off from hosting the window as Japan also announced that it is offering up its hosting rights for the Group B bubble.