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    Despite positive Fiba evaluation, SBP says nothing cast in stone on country's World Cup hosting bid

    Mar 16, 2015

    EARNING the right to win the hosting rights of the 2019 Fiba World Cup remains a daunting task for the country given the strict standard set by the world cage governing body in staging the quadrennial meet.

    Despite the positive evaluation given by a four-man Fiba committee when it made an ocular inspection last January of the possible venues to be used if and when the country gets to host the meet, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) deputy director for international affairs Butch Antonio said nothing has been cast in stone yet.

    “We’re still in the process of putting things together, collating the data and meeting with the officials of different venues because there are still some back-in-the-house requirements that have to be met,” Antonio told Spin.ph on Monday.

    Following the four-man Fiba evaluation commission’s four-day rounds of the various basketball venues and hearing the detailed presentation of the SBP bid under president Manny V. Pangilinan, Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann declared the Philippines is capable of hosting the World Cup four years from now.

    Five possible venues have been eyed to host the different games, three of them are already existing including the Smart Araneta Coliseum, site of the 1978 edition of the meet, which marked the last time the country hosted the world championship.

    The two other are the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City where the 2013 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship was held, and the newly-constructed Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

    Antonio said the three are easily at par with international standards as far as basketball courts are concerned, but the required facilities like the press rooms, conference rooms, and VIP rooms are the ones the playing venues are fixing over the past months.

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    “Kasi yung terms ng Fiba is you need to have press rooms, conference rooms, and VIP rooms. That’s why we have to be careful with our venues,” he said.

    “Either they build or dumiskarte na lang sila to be able to accommodate, kasi it’s just a matter of identifying areas which can be used for the different requirements of Fiba.”

    With five weeks left before the April 30 deadline for submission of the final bid, Antonio said the SBP has formed different groups to oversee the different aspects of the bid process involving transportation, hotel and accommodation, logistics, among others.

    Following the four-man Fiba evaluation commission’s four-day rounds of the various basketball venues and hearing the detailed presentation of the SBP bid under president Manny V. Pangilinan, Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann declared the Philippines is capable of hosting the World Cup four years from now.

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