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Here's what awaits Gilas in 21-day European training trip: Definitely no picnic

Discussion in 'Sports' started by raynetot15, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. raynetot15

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    GILAS Pilipinas shifts its buildup for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament into higher gear as it embarks on a training camp in Europe for almost three weeks.

    The Filipino dribblers, who leave on Friday night from NAIA 1, will head to Greece for a nine-day high-altitude training camp in Karpenisi, where the Greek national team also usually sets up camp.

    The Nationals of coach Tab Baldwin then make a stopover to Turkey to face the country’s national team, before flying to Bologna, Italy for a two-day pocket tournament against Italy and either Canada or China.

    Here is a timeline of their 17-day trip.

    June 11 to 19: Gilas undergoes camp in a training center in the mountains of Karpenisi.

    June 20: The Philippine team leaves for Istanbul, Turkey.

    June 21: Gilas then takes on the Turkish national team.

    June 23: They depart for Bologna, Italy

    June 25: Gilas faces Italy in the first day of the pocket tournament, while Canada takes on China.

    June 26: If they lose to the Italians, the Filipinos then take on the loser of the Canada-China match, or the winner if they beat Italy.

    June 27 Gilas heads back to Manila and is expected to arrive the next day.

    July 1: The Filipinos face the Turkish national team anew, this time at home, ahead of their first game in the OQT against France on July 5.
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