As the Philippines wins the bid of the FIBA World Cup 2023 hosting, not just the Japan and Indonesia, but the whole of Asia basked in glory with the Philippines for earing the rights to host.
FIBA, the international basketball association, also toasted the winning effort of the cage federations of the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, as the biggest moment in Asia basketball in 2017.
The hosting of the Philippines of the FIBA World Cup 2023 despite China hosting on 2019, is a testament to the potential growth of the spot and the passion of its fan base in the region as championed in the SBP-led “WC” hosting bid.
According to FIBA, this hosting further highlights and deepens the relevance of the Asia region in international basketball. The recent game victors also show the unpredictability of matches at the Asian qualifiers as Korea kicked off things with a huge road win over fancied New Zealand, while other teams like Iraq and Jordan garnered big wins over their high-ranked foes. This served as a wake-up call for each country to not take any team for granted.
The Asia Cup served as a moment to remember for the home fans as they saw right before their eyes the farewell tour of the Asian cage longtime star, Fadi El-Khatib. At 37, El-Khatib remained an unstoppable force, putting in a tournament-high average of 25.9 points to lead Lebanon to sixth place behind Australia, Iran, Korea, New Zealand and China. The tourney, marked by the merger of Australia and New Zealand with the old Asian regulars, was also highlighted by the emotional return of Syria in Asian hoops.
For FIBA, the most precious jewel in Asia’s cup in 2017 was the result of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 hosting bids. The biggest honor in the hosting bid belongs to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas‒the lead party in the winning bid.