Basketball comes home as FIBA awards 2023 World Cup hosting rights to the Philippines
Paul Lintag on Dec 09, 2017 08:41 PM
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Basketball is coming home.
The Philippines, together with Japan and Indonesia, will host the 2023 FIBA World Cup as confirmed by the world governing body of basketball Saturday live from Geneva.
The three-nation bid of the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia beat a joint proposal of Argentina and Uruguay.
This is the second time the country made a serious play to host the World Cup. The Philippines lost the rights of the 2019 tournament to China two years ago.
According to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio, who was part of the Philippine delegation to present in Geneva, the country will take the lead in hosting six years from now.
There will be 32 teams competing in the 2023 World Cup and ideally, 16 will play in the Philippines while 8 will be in Japan and another 8 will play in Indonesia. The quarterfinals, semifinals, and Finals will then be played in the Philippines.
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