NO less thn President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the three-man FIBA Evaluation Commission upon its arrival on Thursday night to inspect facilities which will be used should the Philippines gets the nod to to co-host the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
FIBA Central Board and Commission president Hamane Niang of Mali, FIBA Central Board member and treasurer Ingo Weiss of Germany and advisor to the FIBA secretary-general Lubomir Kotleba of Slovak Republic, accompanied by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez, paid Duterte a courtesy call at the Mahogany Room of the Manila Hotel before embarking on a two-day ocular inspection of the Philippine International Convention Center, Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mall of Asia Arena and the Philippine Arena.
Also present were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go, SBP president Al Panlilio, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios and SBP deputy executive director for international affairs Butch Antonio.
The Philippines, along with Japan and Indonesia, is pulling out all the stops to gain a favorable decision the FIBA Central Committee after coming up short in its bid to host the 2019 World Cup.
The 2023 World Cup is also the qualifier for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.