Philippines to co-host 2023 FIBA World Cup with Japan, Indonesia

The International Basketball Federation Central Board will vote between two finalists to host the 2023 FIBA World Cup in Geneva Switzerland on Saturday morning

Japan to share hosting of 2023 FIBA World Cup with Philippines and Indonesia

"It's an honor for our country to be chosen to host the World Cup and the single priceless legacy I could leave for Philippine basketball", said Pangilinan as reported by Philstar.

The Philippines on Saturday presented a three-nation bid with Japan and Indonesia before the Fiba Central Board at the Fiba headquarters in Mies, Switzerland.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman emeritus of the Philippines Basketball Association, headed the Philippines/Japan/Indonesia candidature.

The Asian consortium of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan gets the privilege of becoming the first set of nations to jointly host the FIBA World Cup. Then, the knockout stage beginning the quarterfinals will all be staged in the Philippines.

The president of Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA), who is also the general chairman of the Indonesia Olympic Committee (KOI), Erick Thohir, viewed the country's success to become the host of the World Basketball Cup as a reflection of the worldwide community's trust in the country.

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"Together, let us make the 2023 FIBA World Cup in the Philippines a great success", he added. I think come 2023, tickets for the Fiba World Cup finals will be among the most sought-after items in the country, and we're not even factoring in the fans from overseas who will fly in.

FIBA officials were in the country last October for a two-day ocular inspection of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and the the Mall of Asia Arena, both in Pasay City; the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City; and the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Okinawa, Japan and Jakarta, Indonesia are the venues for the other 16 matches.

"We look forward to witnessing a FIBA Basketball World Cup Final played in a venue packed with more than 50,000 basketball insane fans in the Philippines, a country where basketball is a religion".

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