Sina Elite League Tour 2019 to Launch its Second Stop in Manila

2019-09-18 02:47:57 GMT2019-09-18 10:47:57(Beijing Time) Sina English

September 16th, BEIJING - After the successful event held this May in Hong Kong, the Sina Elite League Tour (SELT) is continually expanding its tour outside of Mainland China by launching SELT - Manila as the second stop of SEL Tour at the Dumlao Sports Center on September 21 and Market Market in BGC district on September 22. The champion team of the SELT 2019- Manila will receive USD $3000 prize money and earn the chance to represent the Philippines and compete with world-class teams in the second edition of the 16-team international invitation tournament Sina Elite League (SEL) this December in Beijing.

This year, the newly upgraded SELT- Manila has opened its ranks to both professional and amateur players, brewing up an intense competition. More than 100 teams have registered SELT2019 – Manila including many well-known 3x3 amateur and professional basketball players from the Philippines. Jerry "Defense Minister" Codiñera will succeed his former teammate Allan Caidic as the Filipino basketball legend commissioner for SELT 2019 - Manila.

“The tournament supports the SBP and the whole Philippine 3x3 community in its bid to make it to the Olympics. I truly believe that 3x3 basketball is for the Filipinos and we have a chance to excel in this competition,” said Codiñera.

The 2-day event will be broadcast by Solar TV and live-streamed on the Facebook page of Sina 3x3 as well as Sina Weibo, the leading social media platform in China. Additionally, Sina Sports has been focusing on building a fan base in the Philippines on social media to attract and connect with the Filipino basketball community.

The international expansion of Sina Golden League was made possible through the strategic partnership Sina Sports established with Mediapro Asia, the Asia branch of Mediapro, a world’s leading communications and production company and sports media giant in Spain.

“As the top basketball market in Southeast Asia, we have always viewed Philippines as a key growth market for the Sina Elite League Tour. Mediapro Asia is delighted to stage the 2nd edition of the 3x3 Elite League Manila and with the expansion of this year’s event to include professional and former professional players, we are hoping for a good showing by this year’s champion team at the season ending Sina Elite League,” said Lars Heidenreich, Head of Mediapro Asia.

Together with Mediapro Asia, the very first overseas stop of SGL was launched in Manila, Philippines last year. Bigboss Idol was crowned champion of SGL2018 Manila and took home the prize money of USD $3,000. Due to visa issues, Dasma Ballers, the runner-up of SGL2018 Manila, instead represented the Philippines in SEL2018 in place and competed with world best 3x3 elite teams from 12 territories, including Liman, the champion of SEL2018 and 2nd FIBA-ranking team and the world's No.1 team Novi Sad Al-Wahda.

Back to back with the Manila stop, SELT will be moving to the 3rd stop in Taipei on September 28 for the very first time. All winners of the SELT2019, along with the top 3 Chinese teams from SGL2019 Finals, will be invited to compete in the SEL this December in Beijing and compete with 10 top-level teams from 10 different countries and potentially one ex-NBA team consisted of 4 ex-NBA players.

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Sina Sports is the #1 destination for sports fans in China. Established in 1998, Sina Sports was the first ever online sports platform in China, offering fans a diversified platform to access the sports news and games they care about, including a website (sports.sina.com.cn), via mobile, and on the Sina Sports mobile app.

Since 2015, Sina Sports has expanded its business to creating its own offline sporting events including world’s largest FIBA-certified Sina 3X3 Golden League basketball tournament, Sina 5X5 Golden League, the leading futsal tournament in China, and the FIS-endorsed alpine skiing competition.

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