Emiliano Carchia: According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Serbia and Philippines will host two of the three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.
He has now given the Filipinos the nod that yes, he is once again ready to play for the national team. “After we decided that we will compete in the Rio Olympics qualifier [FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments], we immediately informed Andray,” Gilas team manager Butch Antonio said to Panay News over the weekend. “He’s given his assurance he’ll be available and he’s okay.”
Blatche is currently competing in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. His representative will be looking to put pen to paper on his agreement with the Philippines in the coming days and weeks. “The two parties will just be working on the finer details of the contract,” Antonio said.
27 Oct 15
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas put up a last ditch effort to make Clarkson eligible for the Olympic qualifier but did not beat the deadline on Tuesday. “I’m very disappointed I won’t be able to play with the Gilas National Team during the FIBA Asia Championships from September 23 to October 3. We can all agree, the 12 men selected to represent the Philippines in this 2015 FIBA Asia Championship have earned the right and any continued efforts on my part would not be fair to the team. I will cheer them onto Gold. “Let’s go to Rio,” Clarkson said in a statement on Wednesday.