Gi­las Men, Ja­pan as­sured of spots in FIBA WC ‘23

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MANILA – Gi­las Pilip­inas Men and Ja­pan are as­sured of slots in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the first time that mul­ti­ple na­tions will col­lab­o­rate as hosts, as an­nounced by FIBA on Mon­day night.

The world’s bas­ket­ball gov­ern­ing body said both squads, which par­tic­i­pated in last year’s edi­tion of the qua­dren­nial event, are now seeded into the main tour­na­ment as di­rect qual­i­fiers.

The Philip­pines last hosted the FIBA World Cup in 1978 with all games tak­ing place at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum in Que­zon City.

Ja­pan, on the other hand, had the more re­cent FIBA World Cup host­ing among the two, get­ting its turn to host in 2006.

How­ever, the same can­not be said in the case of the other co

host, Indonesia.

The sit­u­a­tion of Indonesia, which has never played in the FIBA World Cup be­fore, was ac­tu­ally the main topic of the FIBA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s meet­ing on Mon­day.

The com­mit­tee re­solved that Indonesia may need to earn its place in the 2023 FIBA World Cup through next year’s FIBA Asia Cup.

In the rul­ing, Indonesia, if they get past the qual­i­fiers, which was stalled due to the coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 pan­demic, must need to make the Top 8 of the FIBA Asia Cup to get a FIBA World Cup spot.

Mean­ing, Indonesia needs to make at least the quar­ter­fi­nals of the FIBA Asia Cup to clinch its first ever ap­pear­ance in the FIBA World Cup.

Should Indonesia suc­ceed, the num­ber of spots re­served for Asi­a­Pa­cific teams in the FIBA World Cup will be re­duced by one.

Oth­er­wise, the orig­i­nal num­ber of Asi­a­Pa­cific qual­i­fiers will stand, which means Indonesia must un­dergo the FIBA World Cup Qual­i­fiers if it fails to make the Top 8 in the FIBA Asia Cup.

FIBA photo

NO OUT­RIGHT BERTH. FIBA has man­dated Indonesia to earn its ticket to the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

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