Salud wants to field Gilas to 2014 Asiad

Posted at 11/13/2013 8:04 PM | Updated as of 11/13/2013 8:04 PM

MANILA – PBA commissioner Chito Salud plans to send Gilas-Pilipinas to the Asian Games right after the team’s campaign in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Salud said he wants the Philippines to truly establish basketball supremacy in the Asian region, hence the need to field the PBA-backed national squad.

"Our fans are looking forward for the team to do well in Asia. The fans now are exposed to global basketball. They (the fans) know the strengths of our opponents out there," said Salud in Richard Dy’s Spin.ph report.

The 2014 Asian games will take place in Incheon, South Korea.

Gilas recently pulled off a sensational run in the FIBA Asia Championship, getting past Kazakhstan and Korea before bowing to powerhouse Iran in the finals.

The second-place finish guaranteed the Filipinos’ place in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Gilas coach Chot Reye, however, said they will need the approval of the PBA Board of Governors before they can send the squad to the Asian Games.

"The plan, [depending] on the approval of the board, is to keep the team all the way to the Asian Games from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4. It’s a very detailed, difficult, complicated preparation. So we have to sit down [with the PBA board]," said Reyes.

The last time the Philippines won a gold medal in Asian Games basketball was in 1962.