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PH-Indonesia-Japan, Argentina-Uruguay consortia finalists for FIBA WC 2023 hosting

The Philippines is in a same situation as it was during the 2019 FIBA World Cup hosting selection. Denver Lachica (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--History is set to take place in 2023.

For the first time ever in the FIBA World Cup, multiple nations will host a single edition of the said tournament as the joint bid of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan and that of Argentina and Uruguay were named the finalists for the hosting rights on Wednesday night (Philippine Time).

The five countries submitted their host nation agreements for the bids where they are at just before the deadline.

"We are pleased to announce Argentina/Uruguay and Indonesia/Japan/Philippines as the final two candidates in the running to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023," said FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann in a statement. "In recent years, we have seen the way in which several countries teaming up to stage our biggest tournaments has been successful. This was the case at the last two editions of the FIBA EuroBasket as well as at FIBA AfroBasket 2017 and the FIBA AmeriCup 2017. We are fully confident this formula will also work to great effect for our flagship competition. Furthermore, these are countries with rich basketball traditions and passionate fans."

The consortia are to attend the FIBA Central Board meeting on Dec. 9 to pitch their hosting bids. The board will then convene afterward to determine the winning bid.

Argentina and the Philippines are the lead nations in the said hosting bids, meaning the playoffs of the 2023 FIBA World Cup will happen in either of the two nations depending on which hosting bid will get the FIBA nod.

The two solo bidders that made the shortlist, Russia and Turkey, opted to rescind their hosting right pitches for various reasons.

Turkey was the first to back out on Tuesday, citing the local development of the sport, while Russia followed suit on Wednesday due to many other nations giving the country's athletes a cold shoulder.

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