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    SBP team to observe 2019 Fiba World Cup in China in preparation for 2023 co-hosting

    Dec 14, 2017
    SBP president Al Panlilio hopes to learn as much as possible from China's hosting of Fiba's big event. Jerome Ascano

    THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is forming a team to observe China’s preparations and hosting of the 2019 Fiba World Cup as the Filipinos gear up for the 2023 edition.

    “We also want to form a team to learn what's happening in China (World Cup)," said SBP president Al Panlilio on Thursday.

    "We want send a team there to learn from the good things and mistakes they're doing that we can apply to us here.”

    It will be the first time the Philippines will be hosting the Fiba world event since 1978.

    "We celebrated a little bit after winning the bid but the first thing that we had in mind was work has to start right away," said Panlilio during SBP's thanksgiving press conference.

    SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan stressed that there is much work ahead for the country, even as it co-hosts the event with Indonesia and Japan.

    Pangilinan said 16 of the 32 teams will play in the Philippines.

    "This is no small work," said Pangilinan.

    While it's still six years away, work has to start right away and government has expressed its support.

    "This administration, and the next, will honor because it's for the country naman," said Foreign Affairs secretary Allan Peter Cayetano.

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    SBP president Al Panlilio hopes to learn as much as possible from China's hosting of Fiba's big event. Jerome Ascano
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