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PH-Indonesia-Japan co-hosting bid shortlisted for 2023 FIBA World Cup

Gilas may get to host a FIBA World Cup soon. (file photo)

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The Philippines gets a second chance at hosting the FIBA World Cup.

FIBA announced on Thursday that the SBP and PERBASI's co-hosting bid for the 2023 FIBA World Cup is among the shortlisted candidates.

The said announcement also revealed that the Japan Basketball Association (JBA) joined the Philippines-Indonesia consortium, making the said co-hosting bid a three-nation one.

The SBP first announced the joint bid with PERBASI on January 18, but Chairman Emeritus Manny Pangilinan hinted ten days later via Twitter that a third country would join the Philippines and Indonesia's bid, while President Al Panlilio bared in February that the organization invited the JBA to join the co-hosting bid.

The Philippines-Indonesia-Japan bid was not the only co-hosting bid that made the final round of the hosting right selection process as Argentina and Uruguay's own joint bid also made the shortlist.

This is the first time that FIBA allowed multiple nations to submit a single co-hosting bid for the World Cup.

Should either of the joint bids be granted hosting rights for the 2023 FIBA World Cup during the FIBA Central Board meeting in December, it will be the first time that a World Cup will be held simultaneously in multiple nations since the 2002 FIFA World Cup that was hosted by Japan and South Korea.

Meanwhile, Turkey and Russia made the shortlist as single-nation bids, although the latter was once rumored to be joining forces with Germany, whose successful co-hosting of the 2015 Eurobasket with France, Croatia, and Latvia inspired FIBA to allow World Cup co-hosting bids, for a joint bid.

Nations that are interested to join or forge a co-hosting bid with either of the four shortlisted bids have until August 31 to signify their intent.

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