By Kyle Encarnacion
MANILA — For the second time in history, Indonesia will host the FIBA Asia Cup 2021.
The FIBA Regional Office Asia on Friday confirmed that the final round of the continental showpiece competition between the best 16 teams from Asia/Oceania will be played in Indonesia from August 16-28, 2021.
The last time Indonesia played host to the FIBA Asia Cup was in Indonesia was in 1993 when China beat DPR of Korea in the finals to clinch its ninth continental crown.
“We are very proud to host the FIBA Asia Cup in Jakarta next year. It is an excellent platform for Indonesia to display its basketball potential. It will also help us to prepare ourselves for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, both as an organizer and a national team,” said Danny Kosasih, president of the Indonesian Basketball Federation, PERBASI.
The fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia is also one of the co-hosts of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 alongside Japan and the Philippines.
Unlike their co-hosts, who earned direct qualification, Indonesia needs to be ranked among the top eight teams in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 to receive a direct qualification spot.
“It will be an exciting couple of years for Indonesian basketball. Hosting the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 and co-hosting the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 is a massive step forward towards developing basketball in the country,” said FIBA Asia president Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani.
As host of FIBA Asia Cup 2021, Indonesia is now qualified as one of the 16 teams that will be playing in the event, joining Lebanon and Bahrain as teams to have already secured their spots in the competition.
Under the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 format, teams will be divided into four groups of four teams each. The top teams in each group at the end of the Group Phase will qualify directly to the Quarter-Finals.
The second- and third-placed teams in each group, however, will have to play in a qualification game to earn their places in the remaining four spots of the Quarter-Finals. (AI/FC/MTVN)