China bested the Philippines in securing the hosting rights of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Tokyo on Friday evening.
The two countries emerged as the final two candidates for the hosting of the largest basketball competition in the world from a pool that also includes Russia, France, Mexico, Venezuela and Lithuania.
The Philippine delegation, headed by Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny Pangilinan together with boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Philips, Former Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag and Former coach Chot Reyes, presented their case to the FIBA panel but failed to secure the hosting rights of the prestigious competition.
In his speech, retired basketball star Alapag mentioned the Filipinos’ immense passion about the sport stressing that in the Philippines has the ideal World Cup atmosphere.
He also noted that Filipinos are among the most active users of the Internet, and therefore can contribute to the popularization of the sport to the world.
Meanwhile, the Chinese contingent’s presentation focused on their country’s world-class facilities and modern transportation technology as the reason why they should host the event.
Besides the upcoming 2019 FIBA Worlds, China has already hosted a number of international sporting events in the past among them the 2008 Beijing Olympics.