UP star Carl Tamayo open to playing abroad if given the chance

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — University of the Philippines cager Carl Tamayo said he's open to opportunities to play overseas.

"If I have a chance to play abroad, siguro igagrab ko rin 'yung opportunity na 'yun kasi lahat naman ng player nagtatrabaho, pinaghihirapan araw-araw 'yung pagtetraining para maabot 'yung pangarap nila," he told CNN Philippines' The Exchange. "I think if you have opportunities overseas na tingin mo makakatulong sa'yo at sa family mo, siguro igagrab ko po 'yung opportunity na 'yun."

[Translation: If I have a chance to play abroad, I'll probably grab that opportunity because all players work hard everyday in their training to reach their dreams. I think if you have opportunities that you think will help you and your family, I might grab that opportunity.]

Tamayo, who's also in the national team line-up, said being exposed to the "basketball brand" of other countries will help players improve their skills.

"Overseas, syempre (there are) more athletic players. 'Yung challenges na mahaharap mo sa ibang bansa, magiging competitive ka talaga. Every time magrerepresent ka ng country mo, sanay ka na na nakalaban mo 'yung mga international (players)," he explained.

[Translation: Overseas, of course, there are more athletic players. The challenges you'll face in other countries will make you really more competitive. Every time that you represent your country, you're already used to playing against international players.]

This was echoed by Charles Dy, chief executive officer of sports firm Virtual Playground Sports Management Company, which also manages Tamayo's career and many other athletes in the country.

"Playing overseas will help them (players) improve a lot in terms of their skills set and exposure. If you just play locally without competing with other basketball countries, it's so hard to improve on your own. There's always an opportunity for growth," he emphasized.