The 2013 FIBA Asia Championships are on their way and games are being held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
The Philippines hopes they can repeat their 1973 title, the last time the nation hosted the qualifier for the FIBA World Championships of Basketball. And the entire pacific island is watching their home team, Smart-Gilas, take on the likes of Asian basketball giants China and Iran. The pressure on the 12 men must be suffocating because as the team goes, so does the country’s mood.
The 15 national teams participating in the tournament Bahrain, China, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand. Click on any of the links above to discuss their national teams.
The three teams that place in this year’s Asia Championship will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, a.k.a. World Championships of Basketball.
Follow all the action in our Asia Championships forum.