Despite pandemic, SBP with WC prep

July 08, 2020

THE Philippines is busy with its preparations for the 2023 FIBA World Cup amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next Basketball World Cup, co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, is scheduled on August 25 to September 10, 2023.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is in constant communication with its Japanese and Indonesian counterparts with regards to things that need to be done for the successs of the 2023 event.

"Just to give you an idea, hindi laro ito. Sa 2023, maya't-maya may meeting kami with FIBA, may meeting kami with Japan and Indonesia upon encouragement of boss MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) Dapat on our own initiative  nagu-usap tayong magpa-partner," said SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios said during last Tuesday's online Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.

"Yun ang sabi ni boss. Tayo mag-initiate, kaya regular ang mga meeting namin," the former PBA commissioner added.

The Philippines has yet to release its 2023 FIBA World Cup official logo, which is the country's first order of business.

The official logo, Barrios said, has been pending final approval and the announcement will now be decided whether to hold an actual event or do it virtually.

"Napunta yung meeting sa ano ang event logo sa 2023? Yan ang isa sa maagang topic ng FIBA with us. Meron na kaming napili, of course it's still confidential. May napili na, subject to formal approval ng FIBA Central Board," Barrios said in the weekly Forum presented by San Miguel Corporation, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and Go For Gold Philippines.

"Pinagu-usapan yung launch officially set for September this year. Yung launching na yun, very tentative and yung launch na yun, actual ba na may event or digital launch na lang for safety purposes. Yun lang di pa madesisyunan, very fluid," he added.

The first Basketball World Cup to be hosted by multiple nations, the Group Phase will take place in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

The final phase, from the quarterfinals all the way to the championship, will be played in the Philippines.

The showpiece event will once again feature the best 32 national teams from around the world, with the expanded format adopted for the World Cup last year in different cities in China.