Phisgoc reopens talks with MOA for SEA Games basketball venue

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “Now let’s see in a couple of days if they can make the schedules available,” said the Phisgoc source.The same insider said the 15,000-seater MOA Arena has several bookings on the same week that basketball will be played in the SEA Games, which will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.Earlier, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio offered a promising compromise: Let Filoil host the other games but put the Gilas matches in a bigger venue.The Phisgoc insider said Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, “is on standby.” But officials think the 55,000-seat venue might be “too big” for the competitions.“We are talking of the SEA Games hosting which only happens every 10 years or more,” said the Phisgoc official.ADVERTISEMENT A day after a ruckus was raised over the decision to move the event from Mall of Asia Arena to Filoil Flying V Centre, a top official of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games organizing committee (Phisgoc) said on Friday it has reopened negotiations with SM for the retail giant to host the basketball event.SM owns Mall of Asia and the source said top officials of the mall contacted Phisgoc after it was announced that basketball would be moved the Filoil arena in San Juan, which can only hold 5,500 people.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: SEA Games venues for basketball, volleyball in Manila get a downgradeBasketball, which will field the popular Gilas Pilipinas squad that could feature stars of the PBA, is expected to be one of the blockbuster events in the SEA Games. The last time the country hosted the SEA Games in 2005, the Philippines did not get to field a basketball team because it was suspended by the Fiba. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:30Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READcenter_img The Philippines has won 17 of the 19 previous stagings and has held the championship for the past 12 SEA Games. The last SEA Games basketball game played in the country was in 1991 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines–So maybe it wasn’t a good idea to downgrade the venue for men’s basketball in the Southeast Asian Games after all.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Milos Raonic ends lucky loser’s run at Indian Wells Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more