SBP wants to host "best World Cup FIBA has ever seen" in 2023
Paul Lintag on Dec 15, 2017 11:54 AM
"I know it's six years down the road, but the planning starts now. We have to start the work now and we will do so if we want to make sure that we host the best World Cup that FIBA has ever seen." --- SBP President Al Panlilio.
After the initial joy, the real work starts for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in preparaiton for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
The Philippines will host basketball's biggest tournament together with Japan and Indonesia after the three-nation bid officially won the hosting rights last week following a final presentation in Geneva.
It's going to be six years of planning among other things, the men's basketball team still also has to worry about the 2019 World Cup and/or the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but it's never too early to start getting ready.
"We celebrated a little but but what we had in mind was work has to start right away," SBP President Al Panlilio said Thursday in his speech celebrating the victory.
"Ano kailangan gawin for us to ensure that we'll host a great even in 2023. We'd like to form a team to learn from what's happening in China [2019 World Cup]. We have to send a team there to see and learn from the mistakes they're making and the good things they're doing so we can apply it to us here," he added.
The priority for now though is to make sure the venues are taken care of.
The Philippine Arena and MOA Arena are up to FIBA standards and are described as "world-class facilities" but the Araneta Coliseum needs some work.
And that's why it's important to start the work for 2023 as early as now.
"We continue to ask for your support, your help, to make sure we have a great event," Panlilio said.
"I know it's six years down the road, but the planning starts now. We have to start the work now and we will do so if we want to make sure that we host the best World Cup that FIBA has ever seen," he added.
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