THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has written the Southeast Asian Basketball Association to formalize its bid to host the 12th Seaba championship from April 23 to 30.
The SBP, through executive director Sonny Barrios, wrote Seaba president Erick Thohir to confirm the Philippines’ offer that was made by former chairman emeritus Manuel V. Pangilinan to Thohir last Sunday.
Thohir had verbally approved the proposal in the presence of Seaba chief operating officer Agus Mauro, according to the SBP which also requested the terms and conditions of the hosting.
The Philippines has also made a bid to co-host the 2023 Fiba World Cup with Indonesia.
Gilas Pilipinas, under head coach Chot Reyes, will participate in the eight-day tournament serving as the qualifier for the Fiba Asia Cup which will be held in Beirut from August 17 to 27.
Reyes is set to name 12 new members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool - one each from the 12 PBA teams - during the break between the two pro league games on Sunday.
The maiden Fiba Women’s Asia Cup is to be staged in the Indian city of Bengaluru from July 23-29.
"The 2017 Fiba events in Asia mark a new era for basketball competitions in the continent," said Fiba executive director for Asia Hagop Khajirian.
"For the first time in history, Australia and New Zealand will compete with Asian teams in all five events that will take place this year. While this adds a new level to the depth of the competitions, we also expect the events themselves to become more attractive to the fans across these two FIBA regions."
Sixteen teams, including Australia and New Zealand, will battle for top honors in the Fiba Asia Cup 2017. The top 14 teams will then be joined by two teams to be decided by regional associations in Division A of Fiba’s New Competition System.
The Fiba Asia Champions Cup 2017 will be played in Shenzen, China from September 22-30. The premier club basketball event in Asia will feature the domestic league champions from 10 national federations in Asia.
The host for the Fiba U16 Asian Championship 2017 will be announced soon.