Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bacolod to build stadium to prepare for FIBA bid

MAYOR Monico Puentevella said Bacolod City is set to build a basketball stadium as part of the country’s bid to host the 2019 Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) World Cup of Basketball.

Puentevella said they will present the plan to the FIBA technical group who are coming at the end of the month.

“We have four years to prepare,” Puentevella said.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios said in an online news report that one of the crucial requirements for hosting the FIBA World Cup is multiple venues suitable to stage the games.

Barrios added that the Philippines is among the six countries bidding for the World Cup hosting and a US-based group is currently in talks with Solaire to establish a new FIBA-standard facility in Metro Manila.

The SBP official also disclosed that two more stadiums will be built in Cebu and Bacolod to give the country a hosting chance against China, Qatar, Turkey, France, and Germany.

A country chosen to host FIBA's biggest event automatically gets a spot in the World Cup.

It can be recalled that the Gilas Pilipinas squad made a huge impact in last year’s competition in Spain despite closing its campaign with a solitary 81-79 victory over Senegal.

While the Filipinos failed to advance in the Round of 16, it sent a strong message to the basketball world following its return after 36 years.

While it suffered heartbreaking losses against Croatia (81-78, OT), Argentina (85-81), and Puerto Rico (77-73), the virtually unknown bunch earned the world’s respect with its unorthodox and unpredictable performance.
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