PH, Japan, Indonesia to make final push for 2023 FIBA World Cup joint hosting bid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 8) — The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will make its final pitch for the joint 2023 World Cup hosting before the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board in Switzerland on December 9.

FIBA is the governing body of basketball.

The Philippines will lead the 10-man team together with representatives from Asian neighbors Indonesia and Japan. They will be going up against South American countries Argentina and Uruguay.

This is the second time in three years that the SBP has intended to host the quadrennial meet. They were edged out by China in 2015 for the rights to host the 2019 edition.

If the three nations succeed in their bid, they will be automatically seeded in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

The joint pitch calls for the Philippines hosting 16 games among 32 countries' teams at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and the Mall of Asia Arena. The 50,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan will be tapped as the venue for the semifinals and the finals.

Okinawa, Japan, and Jakarta, Indonesia will be the venues for the other 16 matches.