FIBA World Cup or SEA Games in 2019?
Mark Escarlote on Jun 17, 2015 03:22 PM
"The FIBA World Cup is FIBA's flagship event and they obviously don't want any major sports event to be held on the same year. Baka isipin nila na ang dami naman nating gustong mangyari." --- SBP executive
SINGAPORE --- Choose only one.
The country can't host two major international tournaments in the same year.
With the Philippines showing interest to host the 30th Southeast Asian Games a ranking Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive told reporters that it could jeopardize the country's bid for the FIBA World Cup in 2019.
The executive said that FIBA wants the World Cup to be the lone event in the country in 2019.
"We understand where FIBA is coming from," he said. "The FIBA World Cup is FIBA's flagship event and they obviously don't want any major sports event to be held on the same year. Baka isipin nila na ang dami naman nating gustong mangyari."
The Philippines has China as contender for the World Cup hosting.
If the SEA Games hosting pushes through, FIBA could just give the event to China.
"Remember that compared to China, our biggest asset in this bid is our passion for the sport. Kapag nalaman nila ng FIBA na kasabay pala nila ang SEA Games sa 2019, baka isipin nila na baka mawala ang passion na yun at maagaw ang atensyon ng mga tao."
The Philippines has already proved its capability to host major basketball tournament after the success of the FIBA Asia Cup in 2013 where the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, finished second to Iran but still got the ticket to the World Cup in Spain after decades of absence last year.
SBP will make its final 20-minute presentation before the FIBA Central Board headed by FIBA president Horacio Muratore of Argentina and secretary-general Patrick Baumann of Switzerland on August 7 at the Fiba headquarters in Geneva.
SBP proposed six venues for the mullti-million event that is expected to be participated by 32 of the top basketball teams in the world including the 2013 FIBA Asia venue Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, and the Big Dome.
On the other hand, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is also serious in landing the hosting of the SEA Games in 2019 after Brunei withdrew from its commitment.
With still four years to go, the PHI will have enough time to decide what event to prioritize.