Philippines draws China in 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

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(CNN Philippines) — The Philippines will renew its basketball rivalry with Asian powerhouse China when they meet in August in the group stage of the 2017 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Asia Cup.

The official draw ceremony of the tournament took place Tuesday at the Le Royal Hotel in Dbayeh, Lebanon.

China and the Philippines will be joined by Iraq and Qatar in Group B.

The 2017 FIBA Asia Cup will take place in Lebanon from August 8 through 20.

Here are the results of the draw:

Group A: I.R. Iran, Jordan, Syria, India

Group B: Iraq, China, Philippines, Qatar

Group C: Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Korea, New Zealand

Group D: Japan, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Australia


The 2017 edition of the tournament will be the first ever joint championship of Asia and Oceania regions.

The group stages will be played in a single round-robin format, with the top three teams of each group advancing to the second phase.

The tournament will be played in a knockout format starting from the quarter-final stage.