MVP's basketball legacy is sealed with 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting
Paul Lintag on Dec 12, 2017 12:59 PM
After a victory last week, with FIBA awarding the hosting rights for the 2023 World Cup to the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, MVP's legacy is sealed in Philippine basketball history.
Manny V. Pangilinan has been well... the MVP of the Philippine men's national basketball team for years now.
While he has largely relinquished control of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the SBP chariman emeritus is still involved with running Gilas Pilipinas.
And after a victory last week, with FIBA awarding the hosting rights for the 2023 World Cup to the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, MVP's legacy is sealed in Philippine basketball history.
"For the country, it will be a great Christmas gift," MVP said of the World Cup hosting rights during a previous interview.
"It will be a great honor. If anything, if there’s any legacy I’d like to leave to the sport of basketball is that the Philippines will, after so many years, will be the center of the world in the sport of basketball.. diba?" he added.
2023 will be the first time the Philippines will host basketball's biggest world tournament since 1978.
After losing to China for the hosting rights of the 2019 World Cup, the SBP approached this new bid with extreme caution.
Despite being a finalist once again, MVP and his team exercised guarded optimism since the joint bid from the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia went up against a joint proposal from Argentina and Uruguay.
The president of FIBA is from Argentina.
"I’m guardedly optimistic, cautiously optimistic. We’re keeping our fingers crossed. We’re putting a very good bid so let’s see," MVP said during the Gilas Pilipinas-Taipei game in Manila.
Decision time came last Saturday in Geneva and the Philippines, together with Japan and Indonesia, finally won the hosting bid.
Now, the Play Louder in 2023 initiative is officially on.
"The Filipino people deserve it. Let’s show the world our brand of basketball," MVP said.
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