The Philippine women’s basketball team was given the green light to compete in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar next month amid dismal performance at the last FIBA Asia Championship for Women.
“We have approved their participation,” chef de mission Jeff Tamayo told The STAR after emerging from the task force’s final deliberations with POC chairman Tom Carrasco and PSC chairman Richie Garcia yesterday.
Known as Perlas Pilipinas, the national women’s basketball squad made it despite failing to advance to Level 1 of the recent Fiba Asia Women’s Championship.
Winding up with a 3-2 record, the Philippines placed fourth in the Level II competition among SEA rivals in the event held in Bangkok. The Pinays beat reigning SEAG champs Thailand, 65-59, but suffered losses to ASEAN nations Malaysia, 56-60, and Indonesia, 54-60.
“Our women’s basketball team can make a go for the gold,” said Garcia.
Discovery Perlas ng Pilipinas brought home to silver medal in the last SEA Games in Indonesia.