• Jayson Castro will no longer play for Gilas Pilipinas
  • He announced his retirement on July 7
  • He said it is time to hand over the responsibility to the younger generation

Jayson Castro, who was given the moniker ‘The Blur’ because of his speed officially retired from Gilas Pilipinas after the team got eliminated from the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The Tropang TNT point guard who played for the Philippine National Basketball Team for several years now, took to Instagram to announce his decision.

He shared a photo of himself during one of Gilas Pilipinas’ games and wrote: “The end of our bid for a spot at the Rio Olympics will also be the end of my stint as a member of Gilas Pilipinas. For the past few years, it has been my honor to represent all of you but now it’s time to hand over the responsibility to the younger generation. Maraming salamat sa walang sawang pagsuporta niyo sa Gilas. Hindi ko makakalimutan lahat ng pinagsamahan natin. Ako si Jayson Castro William, taga Guagua, Pampanga, lumaban para sa bayan. (Thank you so much for your never-ending support to Gilas Pilipinas. I won’t forget all that we’ve shared. This is Jayson Castro William of Guagua, Pampanga, who fought for our country.)”

Castro was among the key players when Gilas Pilipinas won the silvers medal in the 2013  and 2015 FIBA Asia Championships. He was also named as one of the FIBA Asia Mythical Team in both years.

Gilas Pilipinas’ elimination from the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament ended their dream of making it to the Rio Olympics after suffering a nine-point loss against both of their opponents — France 93-84, and New Zealand with 89-80.

The team tried their best to block the offensive plays of their opponents but the power of France and New Zealand prevailed and defeated them.