Naturalized Korean star uncertain for Asian FIBA ​​World Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19

John Bryan Ulanday –

February 16, 2022 | 6:03 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas rival South Korea is at risk of missing naturalized player Ra Gun-A due to COVID-19 protocols a week before the first window of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers ​​2023.

Gun-A, who plays for Jeonju KCC Egis in KBL, yesterday tested positive for COVID-19 in a rapid antigen test and promptly underwent a confirmatory RT-PCR test according to a report from Chosun Sports. .

The result of Gun-A, also known as Ricardo Ratliffe, is expected to be released today as KBL faces a spike in COVID-19 cases in the association.

Kim Jong Kyu (Wonju DB Promy) is also awaiting a confirmation result while Kim Sun Hyung (Seoul SK Knights) and Lee Woo Seok (Ulsan Hyundai) are already in quarantine after testing positive earlier this week.

South Korea, which released a group of 14 players for the World Cup qualifiers, is expected to enter a brief bubble camp on Friday before leaving for the Philippines next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Kai Sotto’s former NBA G League Ignite teammate Princepal Singh has been included in India’s 22-man squad as New Zealand have two former UAAP players in their squad. group of 21 players.

For Gilas who won’t have Sotto in the meantime, coach Chot Reyes says the 21-man squad submitted to FIBA ​​is already final.

“Yeah, we can’t add any more,” Reyes told The STAR in the pool led by a dozen TNT players as well as youngsters Thirdy Ravena, Dwight Ramos and naturalized player Ange Kouame.

Gilas, South Korea, India and New Zealand are all in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers, February 24-28, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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