EVEN in its bid to land the hosting right of the Fiba World Cup in 2023, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is bracing for a stiff competition from some of the sport’s top powers.
Argentina, Germany, Australia, Russia, Serbia, and Turkey are some of the countries which SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said have signified intention of bringing the world basketball championship to their respective backyards six years from now.
The opinion was based on the presence of their representatives during the workshop conducted by the world governing body for the sport on the hosting of the Fiba Basketball World Cup 2023 and its bidding process, according to Barrios.
The two-day workshop was held last November at the House of Basketball in Miles, Switzerland, where 11 national federations were represented, including the SBP.
“Yung presence nung mga countries na yun means that like us, they’re also interested to host the 2023 FIBA World Cup,” Barrios disclosed to SPIN.ph
The workshop was meant to present the rights and requirements tied into the bidding and eventually, the hosting of the competition.
Other countries present during the meet were Israel, Japan, Poland, and Hong Kong - a special administrative region under China, which beat the Philippines in the bidding war for the 2019 Fiba World Cup.
“Surprising yung Israel and Hong Kong,” said Barrios, who represented the SBP together with deputy director for international affairs and Gilas team manager Butch Antonio and An-an V. Bengzon, representing TV5 president and Gilas coach Chot Reyes.
“Geographically, yung Hong Kong malayo sa China, but technically, part na sila ng China, which won over us in the bidding for the 2019 World Cup.”
It was also during the workshop where the multiple hosting option was brought up, which gave the SBP the idea to tap Indonesia as co-host of the premier world basketball event.
The Philippines and Indonesia have already submitted their bid application questionnaire to Fiba last week signifying their intention to co-host the tournament.
“Now, I don’t know kung yung mga countries na sinabi ko like Argentina, Germany, Russia, and the rest, have likewise submitted their bids,” said the SBP executive. “Kung nag-submit din any of those countries, that also shows na talagang gusto nilang i-host yung World Cup.”
By next month, FIBA will be announcing the candidates which submitted their bid to host the meet, with the hosting rights to be awarded in December.