THIS is likely the final time Manny V. Panglinan will be taking a shot at a hosting of the FIBA World Cup.
No wonder the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is leaving no stone unturned to bring the so-called Olympics of basketball to the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia in 2023.
SBP executive director Sonny Barrios disclosed Pangilinan is no longer keen on bidding for the hosting of the world basketball championship in 2027 if the country fails to land the hosting rights for 2023.
The Philippines has formed a consortium with Indonesia and Japan to stage the tournament once again in Asia against the double bid of Argentina and Uruguay.
The winning host will be announced on Saturday in Geneva.
"He's praying that our country gets it," said Barrios, adding the SBP bid is a make-or-break for Pangilinan who also oversaw the failed bid to host the 2019 Fiba World Cup.
"It's the single, priceless legacy I could leave Philippine basketball," the country's foremost basketball patron said.
The SBP made a similar bid for the 2019 staging of the event, but lost the hosting rights to China two years ago.
Pangilinan will be the key speaker on behalf of the Philippine-Indonesia-Japan consortium, with each bidding country to be given a 20-minute talk to make a pitch before the FIBA Central Board.
The Philiipines will be the first to speak on the podium.
Barrios said as part of the country's campaign, a footage of the recent PBA Governors Cup finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco in which a crowd of 54,000 watched Game 7 at the Philippine Arena, will be shown before the FIBA Board.
"We'll try to integrate it (to the video presentation). But they already know that it happened," said SBP president Al Panlilio. "What more if it is the FIBA final, say between the US and Spain."
Representatives of Japan and Indonesia will take their turns after Pangilinan, after which a 10-minute question-and-answer portion would be staged involving members of the Fiba Central Board.
Pangilinan then returns to the podium for his closing remark.
After hearing both bidding countries, the Central Board will take a break before finally announcing the host of the 2013 World Cup.