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The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) announced on Friday that FIBA has cancelled the third and final window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers supposed to be held in Doha, Qatar on Feb. 18 to 23. 

The Qatari Ministry of Public Health has ordered the cancellation of all events due to the swelling number of COVID-19 cases in the Middle Eastern country, according to a letter received by the SPB from FIBA executive director for Asia Hagop Khajirian. 

“The SBP is saddened by the development especially because we know the kind of work that our Gilas Pilipinas men’s pool has done in Calamba,” said SBP president Al Panlilio. 

“The players and coaching staff have all sacrificed so much in this process as they’ve been apart from their families to represent the Philippines against South Korea and Indonesia,” he added. 

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Source: Manila Bulletin (