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Philippines, Japan, Indonesia to host 2023 Fiba World Cup

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has awarded hosting rights for the 2023 Basketball World Cup to the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

It will be the first time in the tournament’s history the event will be staged in more than one country and the second consecutive edition in Asia, with China set to host the 2019 competition.

The three countries overcame another joint bid from Argentina and Uruguay, which has been lined up to host the 2027 edition of the tournament instead.

The Fiba central board voted unanimously for the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia to host the 2023 event. The group phase games will be split among the three countries, with the final phase taking place in the Philippine capital of Manila.

However, the board added that Argentina and Uruguay would “have the privileged opportunity to adapt their candidature for the Fiba Basketball World Cup 2027 and present it to the central board”.

Fiba said that it would inform Argentina and Uruguay of the requirements for the updated bid at the start of 2018. The hosting rights for the 2027 edition are due to be awarded at the central board’s next meeting in June 2018.

“Hosting the Fiba Basketball World Cup in Philippines, Japan and Indonesia is good because it does spread the basketball fever around in those countries instead of concentrating it in one place. The work with Japan and Indonesia starts today,” said Manuel Pangilinan, chairman emeritus of the Philippines Basketball Association.

Erick Thohir, president of the Indonesian National Olympic Committee, said: "Indonesia is hosting the Asian Games right now and I think this is good practice for us before the World Cup in 2023. We have three countries that can support each other and present a vast diversity. Between them, Indonesia, Philippines and Japan have a combined population of 500 million people.”

Japanese Basketball Association president Yako Mitsuya added: “The basketball environment has changed a lot in Japan since the country hosted the Fiba Basketball World Cup in 2006. We now have the B League, the professional basketball league, which has helped us be more dynamic. We need to communicate regularly with Philippines and Indonesia and think about not just Japan succeeding in 2023, but all three countries.”

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