It’s official: Philippines to host 2013 Fiba Asia Championship

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MANILA, Philippines — Turned down the first time, the hosting rights to the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship still ended up in the hands of the Philippines.

The Fiba Asia Executive Committee on Thursday officially let the Philippines take over the holding of the qualifying event for the 2014 Fiba World Cup, mainly due to the continuing unrest in West Asia.

“Unfortunately, the current situation in the region and the on-going civil war in Syria, which has its indirect effect on the countries in the whole of West Asia, especially on Lebanon, creates doubts about the stability that we might not have, at least, till the fixed dates of our event,” said Fiba Asia Secretary General Hagop Khajirian explaining the decision.
Despite the change in venue from Beirut to Manila, dates of the biennial tournament — which dangles three spots to represent Asia in the Fiba Worlds — remain as scheduled, from August 1 to 11.

The Executive Committee originally granted Lebabon the rights last year despite a “clear and thorough” presentation, according to PBA Commissioner Chito Salud, by Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) in Japan.

But the SBP never closed its doors — and was rewarded in the end.

“It’s official: Manila hosts 2013 FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIPS! All the hardwork through Christmas & New Year paid off. Now the really difficult work begins,” said national team head coach Chot Reyes on his Twitter account (@coachot).

The last time the country hosted a marquee event such as this was way back in 1973, 20 editions ago.

“We are honored to host this prestigious event,” said SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios, also in a statement.

“We thank FIBA Asia for giving us this privilege, which will give great happiness and enjoyment to the millions of Filipino basketball fans,” he added.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLR76JEWFTBW54T2JIOPPASXA4 The Franchise

    Sa palagay ko ang dapat kalampagin ngayon eh ang SMC teams na wala pa din atang balak magpahiram ng mga players nila sa National Team just bcoz ang sponsor ng team eh kalaban sa negosyo. 

  • RobinsonRaven44

    Yes!! huwag na natin palampasin pa ito coach Chot, pagkakataon na ito.

  • http://www.facebook.com/flip1sba Jayo Flipone Santiago

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

    MVP must be prancing all around in his swanky PLDT office by now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    The ideal starting five should be Douthit, Fajardo, Ranidel De Ocampo, Chan and Dillinger. Subs Castro, Tenorio, Williams, Norwood, Fonacier, Arwind Santos and Greg Slaughter. Castro can always come in to replace Dillinger at number 1 and Fonacier can always sub for Chan as a sniper from the outside. With this lineup, Coach Chot can always play 2 bigs at the same time and play Norwood, Williams and Ranidel at number 3. This is a complete team with low posts capability, strong inside and perimeter defense, shooters in number 2 and 3 positions and 3 heady point guards. Coach Chot can either go for a 6′ 3″ point in Dillinger to counter China and Jordan tall point guards but for a more stable flow of offense he can always rely in Castro or Tenorio. Go for it Coach Chot! 

  • manongcastro

    Good job! Now, go and win the title!

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