Ten Asian club teams slug it out in the tourney, including the China Kashgar team that will feature Filipino naturalized player Andray Blatche. The 10 teams are divided into two groups playing one round robin competition. The top four from each group advance to the knockout play.
That, however, may change for the next editions of the Champions Cup after Panlilio talked with Fiba Executive Director-Asia Hagop Khajiran during the halftime break between the Bolts and Alvark Tokyo in changing the policy regarding Filipino-foreign players. Panlilio said the Champions Cup, which is a club tournament, should have different eligibility rules with the country competitions of Fiba. The PBA rules any player with a Filipino blood as a local while Fiba, especially in country competitions, has stricter regulations on players with dual bloodlines.
But why should we be happy in the first place? Where did this tournament even come from anyway? And how will it impact the international position of the Philippine men's national basketbal team?
Introduced inthe competition is a continuation of the Asian Club Championship which had started in A total of 32 clubs compete in the round robin group stage of the competition. Clubs from Asia's strongest national leagues receive automatic berths, with clubs from lower-ranked nations eligible to qualify via the qualifying playoffs, and they are also eligible to participate in the AFC Cup.
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It shall also help develop hockey in Asia and help rank the Asian teams in view of the seeding for the Asian Winter Games. The first edition of the event was held in with six teams in Hong Kong, followed by the eight-team event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in The year after a nine teams participated in the event in Chinese Taipei.
The tournament, which was originally scheduled to be hosted by China took place in Thailand from 27 September to 2 October Games were played at Stadium29 in Nonthaburi. Starting this year, there are a lot of changes in the qualification leading to the main tournament: .
This will be the fifth edition of the event. The entire course of the tournament is set to be played in the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, which is located in the city of Muscat, Oman. The home nation Oman will go one on one against the very best in the business and will prove to an incredible learning experience for them. The tournament is scheduled to be played between 18 - 28 Oct.