Fiba World Cup in PH

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The 2023 FIBA World Cup is going to be the first FIBA World Cup to be hosted in Indonesia, and the second to be hosted in both Philippines (1978), and Japan (2006).

MALACANANG lauded on Sunday, December 10, the Philippines' winning the bid to host 2023 FIBA World Cup together with Japan and Indonesia.

The three-country bid beat the one of South American countries Argentina and Uruguay.

The knockout matches will be played in the Philippines with the Philippine Arena being eyed as host of the semifinals and final.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Chairman Emeritus Manuel V. Pangilinan, who led the contingent of the joint bidders from Asia, said the task of hosting an event of such magnitude will bring joy to the 500 million people living in the three countries.

"The work with Japan and Indonesia starts today".

In the bid presentation delivered by the combined strength of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Indonesian Basketball Association, and Japan Basketball Association before the FIBA Commission, their plea for the hosting of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup was premised on the overwhelming support of approximately 500 million basketball fans in the three Asian countries and the enormous contribution that these three nations can bring in the strengthening and further development of basketball not only in Asia but as well as in other parts of the world. The games were played at the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum and Araneta Coliseum.

Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan defeated Argentina and Uruguay, which had also competed to co-host the championship, according to an official statement received here. Yugoslavia won the tournament.

Meanwhile, Malacañang hailed the SBP-led consortium's successful bid to host the 2023 World Cup, saying that it will prompt the country's reemergence in the global sports scene.

Sixteen teams will see action in the country and eight each from Japan and Indonesia.

However, the biggest victor here is the Philippines, the lead nation in the co-hosting bid, which finally got the hosting right after losing its solo hosting bid for the 2019 edition to China. The voting was 14-7 in favor of China.

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