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Philippines to bid for 2019 Basketball World Cup

The Philippines will bid to host the 2019 edition of the Fiba Basketball World Cup, according to Manny Pangilinan, president of the sport’s governing body in the country.

The telecommunications tycoon, who was also behind the successful bid to bring the Fiba Asia Championships to Manila in 2013, told the Philippine Star newspaper that he has already spoken to Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of the sport’s global governing body, Fiba, about the bid. Pangilinan also said that the Philippines national team’s better-than-expected displays at the ongoing 2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain had helped to inspire the bid.

“We are strongly making a push to host the next World Cup,” Pangilinan said. “I think it’s helping our bid that we’re competitive in this year’s World Cup. I have spoken with Mr. Baumann about it. I’m aware that the magnitude of hosting the World Cup is 10 times more than the Fiba Asia Championships. The requirement is four international venues. One will be the Philippine Arena and I told Mr. Baumann that we will fill it with 50,000 fans. The others are the Araneta Coliseum the MOA Arena and either the Solaire Arena or the SM Coliseum in Cebu.”

A delegation from the Philippines bid team will attend a briefing for bidders in Madrid from September 12-15. Fiba will release the list of candidate countries in November before site inspections take place early next year. The final bid reports will be submitted in April 2015 before the winning bid is announced the following month.