World Class Basketball is coming to the Philippines in 2023.
The FIBA World Cup Selection Committee announced today that the joint bid of the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia won over the one sent in by Argentina and Uruguay. That means that the three countries will be hosting the 2023 World Cup.
— FIBA ???? World Cup (@FIBAWC) December 9, 2017
The newly awarded FIBA World Cup hosts bid on the platform of simplicity, intensity and diversity. They believe that by awarding the event to the three countries, it will unite the Asian region and inspire millions to play the game. Leading the charge for the Philippines were Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan and Coach Chot Reyes. Both have been leading the charge for Philippine Basketball in the past few years.
We did it! Philippines will host 2023 FIBA World Cup. God bless us. #PlayLouderIn2023
— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) December 9, 2017
— Chot Reyes (@coachot) December 9, 2017
The Philippines, Japan and Indonesia are automatically awarded berths to the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The rest of the 29 teams to complete the 32-team will be determined through qualifying tournaments. The 2023 World Cup serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2024 Olympics to be held in France.
This is the first time the Philippines will be hosting the FIBA World Cup since 1978.
Photo from FIBA.com