SBP assures Pinoys of World Cup to remember

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2020 11:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) assured that it is working towards hosting a World Cup to remember, even with the limitations presented by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

FIBA announced on Monday evening that the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan, will be held on August 25 to September 10.

"This is certainly positive news, as it is something to look forward to amidst the difficult situation that the entire world is facing right now," SBP president Al Panlilio said in a statement.

"Rest assured, your SBP officials will work hand in hand even with the limitations of the times to guarantee that our co-hosting of the tournament will be something that Filipino basketball fans will remember and will be proud of," he vowed.

SBP chairman emeritus Manny Pangilinan said in a previous interview that the preparations for the hosting are on track, despite the COVID-19 outbreak that has put most of the sports world on pause.

"There's a team from FIBA that meets by online mga once a month. So we're in the process of agreeing (on) the logo, agreeing (on) the slogan, agreeing (on) the changes to the venues that are needed, and a host of other factors," Pangilinan told One News Philippines.

"Very active ang FIBA sa preparations," he added.

The road to the 2023 World Cup officially began last February with the start of the European pre-qualifiers, which will qualify eight teams to the European qualifiers. Set to follow later in 2020, the FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas pre-qualifiers will qualify four teams to the Americas qualifiers.

Qualification to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will take place from November 2021 to February 2023, with 80 national teams competing for a spot in the World Cup. The first window of qualification will be played from November 22-30, 2021.

A total of 32 teams will compete in the World Cup, wherein the final phase will be held in Manila.

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