The main basketball leagues in the Philippines unite in favor of Gilas Pilipinas. Amid a potential Senate intervention following historic defeats at recent international competitions. The PBA, UAAP, and NCAA, three of the top basketball leagues in the Philippines. They have joined forces to support okbet Gilas Pilipinas as they prepare for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). Which organizes the World Cup organized by the 2 countries which are Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. It is from August 25 to September 10, 2023, said in a press release on Tuesday, August 2. The three leagues are willing to contribute players for the competition. In addition, Senators Bong Go, Mark Villar, Joel Villanueva, Francis Tolentino, and Alan Peter Cayetano have proposed legislation. It will “conduct an inquiry in support of legislation on the means to help the Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team.”
“Relevant laws and regulations to ensure optimal performance in future international sporting events. Also, to preserve the welfare of Filipino athletes. It would be examined as part of the Senate Committee on Sports’ proposed investigation.
Al Panlilio, president of the federation, presented the World Cup preparations to board members of the PBA, UAAP, NCAA. And “other important okbet basketball player organizations”. On Monday, August 1, during the SBP board meeting that was presided over by Senator Sonny Angara.
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Tim Cone, a PBA icon and 24-time champion, Goldwin Monteverde, a multi-time UAAP winner. Nenad Vucinic, a five-time New Zealand NBL Coach of the Year. And Jong Uichico, an 11-time PBA champion, will serve as his accomplished roster of assistants at the World Cup.
The SBP has scheduled the official ball launch before the competition officially begins on August 2023. The official World Cup draw on April 2023. Also, the “One Year to Go” countdown clock launch on August 27, with just over a year until the event. The Araneta Coliseum, Mall of Asia Arena, and Philippine Arena. Which will host the event’s 12 final phase matches, are the nation’s significant arenas. That will be accessible for the historic okbet World Cup hosting.
Following historically poor performances at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the FIBA Asia Cup. Therefore, the SBP has now appealed for “unity” among the nation’s basketball stakeholders. Despite the national team’s most recent defeats receiving a generally poor response from the public. Also, Reyes retained his position as head coach with the federation’s support. Panlilio instead attributed the beginnings of Gilas’ issues in 2022 to former head coach Tab Baldwin.
To prepare for the competition, the SBP put together a local organizing committee of industry veterans and experts. The qualifiers will held at Smart-Araneta Coliseum and Mall of Asia Area, and the finals will be held at Philippine Arena.
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Some things that are planned are the start of the countdown clock on August 27, 2022, the World Cup 2023 draw in April of the following year, the launch of the official ball, and the opening ceremonies.
Aside from wanting Gilas Pilipinas to do well, the federation also wants to host the most prominent basketball stage in a way that will be remembered.
Panlilio said, “We only have 389 days until the game starts, so I urge everyone involved in basketball to come together and work as a team on this.”
“This will be the biggest basketball event ever held in the Philippines. It will be a great way to show off the country.” We haven’t held a tournament of this size since 1978,” he said.
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