SBP eyes WC venues in Jakarta, Ok­i­nawa

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - – Nel­son Bel­tran

Play­ing venues in Que­zon City, Pasay, Pasig, Bo­caue, Jakarta and Ok­i­nawa were the pro­posed sites in the 2023 FIBA World Cup mul­ti­ple host coun­tries bid of Sama­hang Bas­ket­bol ng Pilip­inas and its coun­ter­part fed­er­a­tions in In­done­sia and Ja­pan.

SBP is ob­vi­ously pre­sent­ing the Smart Araneta Coli­seum, the MOA Arena, PhilSports Arena and the Philip­pine Arena in their host­ing bid pit­ted against the sin­gle host na­tion bids of Rus­sia and Turkey, and the sim­i­lar mul­ti­ple host coun­tries of­fer of Ar­gentina and Uruguay.

All can­di­dates have beaten the dead­line for sub­mis­sion of Can­di­da­ture Files on Aug. 31, and the Philip­pines/In­done­sia/Ja­pan can­di­dacy has just been posted on the FIBA web­site.

The Filipinos, the In­dons and the Ja­panese are bank­ing heav­ily on their fast-grow­ing re­gion – home to more than 500 mil­lion peo­ple – to win the host­ing rights for the next FIBA World Cup.

In 2019, the FIBA flag­ship event is to be played in China.

The Asian can­di­date says the re­gion is a part of the world where bas­ket­ball has the chance to be­come the sport of choice for so many peo­ple, men­tion­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of the sport in the Philip­pines.

“We want to work with FIBA to get more peo­ple play­ing bas­ket­ball in more places more often and our coun­tries and our re­gion pro­vide FIBA with a great place in which to make this a re­al­ity with the FIBA Bas­ket­ball World Cup 2023 the per­fect way to make this hap­pen,” the can­di­date says.

“We think our bid will be very good for the game in our re­spec­tive coun­tries but, just as valu­able, will be what play­ing the tour­na­ment in our re­gion does for bas­ket­ball glob­ally.”

What are the ben­e­fits in their mul­ti­ple host bid?

“Ob­vi­ously, there is the op­por­tu­nity to take world bas­ket­ball’s flag­ship event into three vi­brant, pow­er­ful and grow­ing mar­kets for the game, some­thing all of us are ex­cited about given the po­ten­tial it cre­ates to build more mo­men­tum for the sport in these coun­tries,” the Asia can­di­date says.

“More than this though, this is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for FIBA and bas­ket­ball to be a truly global leader in sport. FIBA has had the vi­sion to reimag­ine the way in which ma­jor sports events can be de­liv­ered by al­low­ing more coun­tries to dream of host­ing el­e­ments of these global events, to have more coun­tries as­pire to host and to bring more coun­tries to­gether by work­ing to­gether to host is a ter­rific step for FIBA to adopt.

“Our coun­tries want to bring FIBA’s vi­sion to life and show that bas­ket­ball can be a global sports leader in this way. That is a re­ally ex­cit­ing part of this bid.”

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