SBP ramps up planning for Fiba World Cup hosting
MANILA, Philippines–The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) reaffirmed its commitment to having a successful hosting of the 2023 Fiba World Cup.
In ensuring such, the SBP is ramping up its preparations for the country’s co-hosting of the basketball’s most prestigious meet upon the completion of the strategic planning session of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
“Having this session helped us in creating concrete plans and contingencies for our hosting of the World Cup,” said SBP presdient Al Panlilio. “It also showed how committed we are in not only giving a good show to the world but also be gracious hosts to our visitors.”
“The FIBA World Cup is not just any other event as this is the biggest tournament in World Basketball. We will be exhausting all our efforts and resources to prove to the world that the Philippines can organize and host the world’s biggest sporting events,” said SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan.
The planning session took place over the weekend at Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas,
The meeting formalized the completion of the LOC with the gathering of personalities, all experts in their respective fields, working closely together to host the best World Cup in history.
With constant coordination with the Fiba Office in Geneva, Switzerland, the LOC bared the plans and requirements for all of the three primary divisions, particularly Operations, Support, and the FIBA World Congress.
Ramon Suzara, the author and chief implementor of the Fiba Basketball World Cup 2023 Master Plan, introduced the rationale and core concepts of the undertaking, while deputy event director Erika Dy discussed the vision, mission, and objectives.
Japan and Indonesia are also co-hosts of the World Cup, which will be held from August 25 to September 10 next year.
“This hosting is not just the SBP’s as each and every Filipino is part of this hosting,” said SBP executive advisor to the president Ricky Vargas. “We are hoping that during the buildup to the World Cup, each and every Filipino joins hands in welcoming our guests and to help us showcase the value of ‘Bayanihan’ to the world.”
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