Senators seek inquiry to help Gilas Pilipinas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) — Five senators have filed a resolution seeking to conduct an inquiry on ways to support the Gilas Pilipinas men's national basketball team following its dismal finish in recent international tournaments.

Senators Bong Go, Mark Villar, Joel Villanueva, Francis Tolentino, and Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said the inquiry of the Committee on Sports aims to review policies to ensure Gilas' "optimal performance" in future competitions.

"There is a pressing need to revisit sports relevant laws and policies which are aimed to support Philippine national teams participating in international competitions and review related measures that will ensure the competitiveness and welfare of Filipino athletes," Senate Resolution No. 83 read.

The Filipino cagers finished outside the top eight in Asia for the first time in 15 years in the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup last July.

The ninth-place finish of Gilas is seen as another huge blow to the aspirations of the national team looking to have a respectable performance in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where the Philippines is one of the host nations along with Japan and Indonesia.

Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said that despite their failure to advance to the quarterfinals of the continental showpiece, they have picked many lessons that will benefit the young players of the squad.

Reyes earned the ire of the Filipino basketball fans after he led Gilas to settle for a silver medal finish in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam in May.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio has revealed that Reyes has attempted to resign as Gilas head coach following the disappointing result in the SEA Games.