PH as host of FIBA 2023 FIBA World Cup will give countless opportunities – Angara

PH as host of FIBA 2023 FIBA World Cup will give countless opportunities – Angara

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Chairman Senator Sonny Angara said Monday that the Philippines being the host country of the 2023 FIBA World Cup will serve as a stage for the nation to showcase itself as both a hoops-loving nation and a destination for tourism.

“We are excited to once again be host to the biggest international tournament for basketball. The last time we hosted this event was in 1978 so this is something that all Filipinos are looking forward to, both as a recognition of the Philippines as one of the biggest markets for the sport and the commitment of the government to open its doors once again to the world,” Angara said.

“It will be a huge opportunity for the whole country, not just in terms of basketball, but also for tourism and business,” he added.

Angara met with FIBA representatives one year before the nation opens its doors once more as the host nation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, where they talked about the development of Philippines basketball and the prospects the competition will provide for the nation.

Angara met with members of the FIBA hierarchy President Hamane Niang and Secretary General Andreas Zagklis in advance of the Philippines’ joint hosting duties with Indonesia and Japan.

Through six active qualifying windows, a total of 80 national teams are vying for a spot in the 32-team FIBA World Cup.

Gilas Pilipinas is already qualified for the 2023 FIBA World Cup based on its global ranking and as host of the tournament.

Angara said the economic benefits brought about by the 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting duties will be on a much larger scale than what it was back in 1978.

“The biggest stars who are brands in themselves and companies will be in the country in August 2023. The last one we hosted was in 1978, but as the FIBA guys mentioned—because of social media and the growth of basketball around the world, this will be much bigger,” Angara said. (ai/mtvn)

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