Regulator OKs country’s first 3x3 professional league

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Credit: Chooks To Go Pilipinas

Regulator OKs country’s first 3x3 professional leagueMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 1) – The sports regulator approved Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 as a professional basketball league.

With a license from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 is covered by the joint administrative order on allowing professional basketball teams to resume practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 was established last year to help the country qualify for the first-ever 3x3 tournament in the Tokyo Olympics, now postponed to 2021.

"Even if there's an economic slowdown, we feel very strongly that the ones behind the league are capable of running a pro league," GAB chairman Baham Mitra said in a statement.

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league commissioner Eric Altamirano said the league will help aspiring basketball players to have a venue to show their skills.

Filipino 3x3 ballers have a chance to play in the inaugural 3x3 Olympic competition if they are successful in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic qualifiers set on May 2021 at Graz, Austria.

Altamirano said they are targeting to open the season on September, where all of the players will be on a “bubble” at the Inspire Academy inside the National University campus in Calamba City, Laguna.

The sports complex has a dormitel with 32 dorm-type, 20 hotel-type and four executive rooms.

Players, coaches, and team staff who will enter the “bubble” will undergo COVID-19 testing organized by the UP Science and Society program.

A total of 12 teams have confirmed to play in the league. These are San Juan-Go for Gold, Sulu, Porac-Big Boss Cement, Mindoro, and a pair of teams from Sta. Lucia Realty, Nueva Ecija, and Zamboanga-Family's Brand Sardines. Two more squads are yet to be announced.

Altamirano said the league plans to hold three conferences, lasting until February 2021.