Unique "Power of 3" could award the Philippines World Cup hosting rights
The Philippines is in a joint bid with Japan and Indonesia to host the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
Once again, the Philippines is making a serious play in hosting the FIBA World Cup.
However, unlike its bid for the 2019 tournament, the country is now in a joint effort with Japan and Indonesia to take on basketball's biggest world tournament.
But still, the Philippines is the lead host if ever.
As of right now, the Philippines-Japan-Indonesia joint bid is up against a joint bid from Argentina and Uruguay. The moment of truth will be on Dec. 9 when FIBA announces the host.
Until then, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is pulling out all the stops to make sure the country does not take an L this time around the same way it did at the hands of China for the rights to host the 2019 World Cup.
"Trending tayo noong nagbid tayo (2019 FIBA World Cup), pinanggalingan pa noon iyong Most Valuable Fan award natin sa Seville, Spain noong 2014 FIBA World Cup. So medyo may reputation na tayo globally sa ganyang fan support," SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said.
"And we ask you to continue the tradition and uphold our reputation na talagang basketball-crazy country tayo," he added.
For the first time ever, the FIBA World Cup will be played in multiple countries and that fact is the one that the SBP is banking on a sthe FIBA announcement nears.
The unique "power of 3" might as well land the Philippines the hosting rights for the 2023 World Cup, together with Japan and Indonesia of course.
"Yung uniqueness ng co-hosting bid natin, yung power of 3 na sinasabi representing half a billion people," Barrios said.
"Sabi nga natin, multi-vault yun, multi-religion, multi-language, economic zones. So if you're FIBA and your main objective is globalization of the sport, then dapat mas ano ka dun sa co-hosting bid nitong tatlo kasi mas global ang reach in many aspects--culturally, religiously, economically, even sheer numbers," he added.
And with the World Cup expanding to a record 32 teams competing, it just makes too much sense for the tournament to be played in three separate countries.
"We are the lead. In fact, I think FIBA sees the Philippines as the lead among the 3. We're hoping that the US plays in the Philippines," SBP President Al Panlilio said.
"2 groups of 4 in Japan, 2 groups of 4 in Indonesia and 4 groups of 4 in the Philippines. I think what's good is both Indonesia and Japan look to us as the lead also and that's quite important. In most cases, they follow our lead, they follow our guidance. We have our own sets of commitments to FIBA separately, fees, venues and all of that but I think they understand that they want the Philippines to take the lead also," he added.
The final announcement will be on December 9 when the FIBA Central Board meets in Geneva.
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