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.