FIBA Flag tinanggap na ni MVP, Pilipinas
PORMAL nang tinggap ng Pilipinas, Indonesia at Japan ang kanilang FIBA Flag mula sa China nitong Linggo ng gabi sa halftime ng finals ng FIBA Basketball World Cup sa Beijing.
Inabot ito ng China Basketball Association chairman na si Yao Ming kay Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan na dumalo sa ceremony kasama ang iba pang representatives mula sa Indoonesia at Japan.
“We’re on our way, and we’re bringing home the FIBA flag 2023 with us,” ani Pangilinan bilang isa sa magiging co-host para sa 2023. “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 Duterte for his kind encouragement and presence to Gilas and our hosting.”
Matatandaang sinubukan dati ng SBP na ganapin sa Pilipinas ang 2019 FIBA World Cup ngunit nakuha ng China ang bid 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,” dagdag pa niya. (Aivan U. Episcope)