FIBA flag tinanggap ni Pangilinan, SBP
Pormal nang tinanggap ng bansa, Indonesia at Japan ang International Baksetball Federation flag mula China nitong Linggo ng gabi sa halftime ng finals ng 18th FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 sa Beijing.
Inabot ito ni China Basketball Association chairman Yao Ming kay Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman Manuel Pangilinan na dumalo sa ceremony kasama ang iba pang Japanese at Indoonesian representatives.
“We’re on our way, and we’re bringing home the FIBA flag 2023 with us,” ani Pangilinan bilang isa sa magiging co-host ng 2023 hoopfest. “The journey begins tonight.”
“Thank you so much to all of you for your support – you inspire us, and give us the energy and spirit to keep trying. In particular, my thanks to President (Rodrigo) Duterte for his kind encouragement and presence to Gilas and our hosting.”
Maaalalang sinubukan dati ng SBP na ganapin sa Pilipinas ang 2019 FIBA World Cup ngunit tinalo ng China sa bidding upang maging host.
“Now, the work begins – starting with the Local Organizing Committee, the Steering Committee with Japan and Indonesia, and the Gilas Team 2023,” wika ni Pangilinan. “In bringing all this effort to fruition in 2023, and in showing what we Filipinos can offer the world, I ask for your prayers and help for the SBP,” wakas niya. (Aivan Denzel Episcope)