Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

FIBA inspects MOA Arena for Olympic Qualifiers

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FIBA inspects MOA Arena for Olympic Qualifiers
by rick olivares

Yoon Wai Sun, FIBA IT and Asian Competitions Manager was in town to inspect the Mall of Asia Arena for the upcoming Olympic Qualifiers this July 5-10, 2016.

“I think what you have here is a fantastic facility,” pronounced Sun. “The Manila hosting of the Olympic Qualifiers will be big not only for Philippine basketball but also for Asia as well. It puts our region in the spotlight. And hopefully, we will get more and even bigger events.”

Turkey, Senegal, Canada, France, and New Zealand are the five other countries competing in this qualifying event to be held in Manila. Turin, Italy, and Belgrade, Serbia are the two other cities hosting the Olympic Qualifiers where only the winner of each leg will book a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Sun inspected the facility along with Bernie Atienza, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Domestic Competitions Manager and  Ramon Martelino, LOC Deputy Event Coordinator.

“We are expecting a huge number of media to cover this event,” added Sun. “We will be getting a huge contingent from Europe, Africa, and North America and we want this event to be special and smooth sailing.”

Added Atienza. “This hosting event will open doors for us in the future.”

Sun pronounced himself very satisfied with the inspection of the facility. “We have to make sure that all the teams come in and with no problems at all. I must congratulate the management of the MOA Arena and the SBP for their attention to detail and quality."

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