Charge d’Affaires Melvin C Almonguera (seated third from right) and PIBAQ President Pat Carido (seated third from left) along with other officials during the press conference at the Corp Executive Hotel yesterday. Vice President of Kammutty
DOHA: The fourth GCC Philippine Club Championship, which kicks off today at Al Gharafa Sports Club, will be a showcase of Filipino passion for basketball and the sportsmanship of teams from the four participating nations.
Chargé d’Affaires Melvin C Almonguera expressed the Philippine Embassy’s support for the event, in line with the mission’s concern to promote a healthy lifestyle in support of the Qatari government’s efforts.
“This event will surely show the world that Filipinos have the spirit to excel in sports. We would like to show the sportsmanship, competitiveness and drive of every Filipino to keep going and succeed,” Almonguera said during a press conference yesterday at the Corp Executive Hotel Doha Suites.
The four-party tournament would see the Abu Dhabi Kings, Bahrain Stallions, Dubai D Heat and Qatar Falcons face off on the hard court during the two-day event.
First hosted by Pinoy Basketball of Qatar (PIBAQ), the championship is set to be one of the biggest spectacles for Filipino basketball fans here 14 years after the last tournament held in Dubai.
The tournament opens today at 10 a.m. with a match between Dubai and Bahrain followed by a match between Qatar and Abu Dhabi at 12 p.m.
One of the leading organizations in Qatar that has hosted Filipino basketball events in the country, PIBAQ has been at the forefront of spectacular big basketball events involving famous Filipino players and fundraising tournaments. funds.