Basketball officials from the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan officially took over from China the hosting duties for the 2023 Fiba World Cup at a half-time ceremony at Sunday’s 2019 Fiba World Cup final between Spain and Argentina.
After the ceremony, Manuel V. Pangilinan, the chairman of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP – the basketball federation of the Philippines), said the organisers’ first priority was forming committees between the three hosting countries.
Erick Thohir, president of the Indonesian Olympic Committee and the former owner of Italian Serie A football club Inter Milan, was reported by Tempo.co as saying: “This flag handover is a starting point for the preparation of the 2023 Fiba Basketball World Cup, which means Indonesia must start to be serious in preparing itself.”
The ceremony involved Yao Ming, president of the Chinese Basketball Association, ‘handing over’ the hosting duties to Pangilinan, Thohir and Yoko Mitsuya, president of the Japanese basketball federation.
The SBP is the lead federation for the 2023 World Cup, with all the knockout rounds of the competition to be held in the Philippines, and the final in the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. It will be the second time the Philippines is hosting the World Cup after staging the 1978 edition of the meet at the Araneta Coliseum.