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FIBA WC '23 dates now set

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The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, which can accommodate up to 55,000 people, is one of the venues for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--FIBA has already booked Aug. 25-Sept. 10, 2023 as the official dates of the next FIBA World Cup.

The decision was made on Monday by the FIBA Central Board following a consultation with host nations Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia as recommended by its competitions commission.

For the first time ever, multiple countries will co-host the quadrennial event. Both the Philippines and Japan will get its second turn in hosting it, while Indonesia will be hosting for the very first time.

As the main host, the Philippines will be hosting four first round groups and will also host two second round groups and the entire playoffs. Japan and Indonesia, on the other hand, will hold two first round groups and one second round group each.

The preliminary stages will take place in Pasig, Quezon City, Pasay, and Bocaue in the Philippines, Okinawa in Japan, and Jakarta in Indonesia. Bocaue, where the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena is located, is being groomed to be the site of the knockout rounds.

In a related development, FIBA also set Nov. 22-30, 2021 as the dates of the first window of the qualifiers. The qualifying phase, divided into six windows, will run until February 2023.

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