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Tough task

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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AFTER securing the hosting rights of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup along with Japan and Indonesia
which generated euphoria for the Filipino fans, the real challenge begins for the Philippines.

“Realistically, we know that now the hard work begins,” said national coach Chot Reyes in a
short video clip posted by FIBA Basketball World Cup’s official Twitter page moments after last
Saturday night’s FIBA announcement in Geneva.
    
This marks the first time in the competition’s history that it is to be staged in more than
one country, as the FIBA Central Board Saturday voted unanimously in favor of the bid put forward by
the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.
    
The Asian trio defeated South America’s Argentina and Uruguay for the right to host the event
due to take place in just under six years’ time.
    
Reyes, along with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan and
SBP executives plus Sen. Pia Cayetano, flew to Switzerland to present bid.
    
SBP’s efforts of earning the hosting rights of the quadrennial meet has been nothing but top-
notch, showing that they could never afford to lose the 2023 showpiece after losing the 2019 edition
to China two years ago.

And now, with the rights all granted, Reyes is calling for unity in order to provide a great
World Cup experience, just like what they have promised during the tedious bidding process.
    
“It was great [that] there’s a lot of preparation and effort put in towards winning the bid,”
said Reyes.
    
“But now, the whole country has to come together to make sure that we’re able to host and
conduct a really great tournament.”
    
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will see the group stage take place in Philippines,
Okinawa, Japan and Jakarta, Indonesia, with the final rounds to be played in the Philippines.
    
“We are extremely happy that FIBA has decided to award the hosting right for the FIBA
Basketball World Cup 2023 to Philippines/Japan/Indonesia. The World Cup is an event that fans of
basketball in these three countries are very proud of and hosting it will allow to spread the
basketball fever across the three countries and the region,” said Pangilinan.
    
FIBA President Horacio Muratore is already thrilled about the country’s hosting, the first
since 1978, where the games were held at the Araneta Coliseum and Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
    
“We look forward to witnessing a FIBA Basketball World Cup Final played in a venue packed with
more than 50,000 basketball crazy fans in the Philippines, a country where basketball is a religion,”
said Muratore.
    
“Congratulations to Philippines/Japan/Indonesia as they will host a first-of-a-kind FIBA
Basketball World Cup in 2023, when it is staged across multiple countries. This was a very difficult
decision as both candidatures were of exceptional quality. We want to congratulate both bidders for
their outstanding work. We are very pleased to see national federations team up and put together bids
of the highest quality to host our World Cup.”