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Strong field in ASEAN caging

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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AFTER the Olympic fever brought  about by  weightlifter  Hidilyn Diaz’s historic  silver-medal triumph in Rio de Janeiro, top-notch  basketball returns to the  country  with  the staging of the 25th  ASEAN Veterans Basketball  Conference  on  Aug. 21-27 in Manila.

Hosted by the Filipino-Chinese Veterans  Basketball Association  (FCVBA), the  week-long competition  will  be participated in  by five countries in  four different age brackets:  40  years old and  above,  50 years old  and above,  60 years old  and  above and  65 years old  and above.
   
Joining   host  Philippines in  the  prestigious  event  sponsored by  Ironcon Builders, Rain or Shine,  Freego Jeans and  Philippine Airlines  are Malaysia,  Indonesia, Thailand  and Brunei.
   
Venues of  the  competitions are  the  newly-renovated Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Masangkay and the  Manila  Downtown YMCA gym in Binondo.
   
“We are  putting our best foot forward  to  ensure the success of the competition, said FCVBA chairman  Jaime   “Jimi” Lim of Ironcon.
   
“Last year, FCVBA swept the  championships  in  the  40,50  and 60 divisions. This  will  be the first  time that  we  will  have  a  65-above  division,” added  Lim.
   
With  Lim  in  the FCVBA are T erry Que, vice-chairman;   Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr., president; and Edward Tio,  vice-president.
   
Lim  also  appointed  Edster Sy of  Headstart Sports Academy  to  oversee the  tournament proper.
   
Sy  will be assisted  by  Sunny Co (commissioner) and Willy Chan (deputy  commissioner).
   
The  participating teams are

Hatyai  (Thailand), Hornbill Sarawak (Malaysia),   Miri Kinsar

(Malaysia), Brunei Basketball Association,  KLVBC (Malaysia), ZAAP Bangkok  (Thailand),

Meteor  Pontianak  (Indonesia), ASABA (Indonesia) and FCVBA (Philippines).
   
The  five  countries  will compete in  four  different age  categories:
   
40 years old and  above --  Seven  teams.
   
50 years old and above --  Eight teams.
   
60  years old and  above -- Eight  teams.       
   
65  years old and  above -- Three teams.
   
Molten  is  the official  basketball
   
The  players will be billeted at  the  Ramada Manila  and Manila Grand  Opera Hotel.