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THE last time the Philippines played basketball in the Olympics was in 1972. Philippine basketball has tried to make the Olympics in recent years but failed.
To qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games, the Philippines need to win in the 2023 World Cup where the country is one of the tournament’s hosts.
It is true Philippine basketball has improved over the past few years. However, other countries are getting better as well.
“Basketball is the most popular game in the world. We’re improving, yes, but how about the other countries? They’re improving more. They’re bigger, stronger than us. Their built is made for basketball. In our case, we have inborn talent, but we lacked the size and strength,” said Jimmy Mariano, one of the three surviving members of the last Philippine basketball team that played in the Olympics…