Contrary to an earlier report, it appears that Nicolas Batum has already landed in Manila and ready to join team France as they clash with Gilas Pilipinas in the first round of FIBA 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Batum shared a photo on his twitter account that he has arrived in Manila with the caption: “Manille !“.
FIBA official website also confirmed the inclusion of the Charlotte Hornets forward to the Les Bleus.
After weeks of speculation and going back-and-forth, NBA star Nicolas Batum is now formally joining France in Manila for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) this week.”
Nicolas Batum will join Tony Parker and Boris Diaw in their quest to win the lone ticket going to the 2016 Rio Olympics.