The Central Board of International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is set to announce who will host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Friday next week, August 7. Philippines is one of the two candidates to host the said event, along with China. FIBA is considering four major areas – vision and concept, experience in hosting events, basketball history and venues – in making the decision.
The Philippines Bid Committee said, in an article submitted to FIBA, much attention has been given to the passion and excitement (#PUSO) now building around the Philippines bid to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The committee also mentioned four world-class facilities and an exceptional depth of major public event experience that is the cornerstone of the Philippines bid. Among the venues mentioned are Philippines Arena, Mall of Asia Arena, SM Arena Cebu and the ‘most cherished’ Araneta Coliseum.
Philippines Bid Committee also noted Philippines’ experience in hosting big events including the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, 2014 World Economic Forum and the recent Pope Francis’ visit. The upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, and the Association of South East Asian nations (ASEAN) meetings in 2017 were also mentioned as evidence of the country’s experience in managing significant events.
“Coupled with FIBA’s own experience in major event delivery, we believe in the merits of an open collaborative team that, collectively, can deliver a World Cup that is memorable, sharable and utterly unique,” the committee said.