Philippines, Japan and Indonesia to host 2023 World Cup

Philippines, Japan and Indonesia will host the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

The decision for a treble-hosted event was made today at the FIBA headquarters in Switzerland and it keeps the tournament in Asia, as it follows the 2019 event in China.

The three nations beat the South American countries of Argentina and Uruguay in the final round of balloting. Both countries put in a joint bid for the 2023 tournament.

For Indonesia, it marks their first ever hosting of the event, though with the team ranked 72nd in the world, plus the added pressures of China, Iran, Australia and New Zealand might make it difficult for them to realise their ultimate dream of competing in their home World Cup.

Japan’s sporting prowess is further boosted as they will be coming off hosting the 2020 Olympics, which will be staged in Tokyo.

They will be hosting their first World Cup since 2006, in the infamous world championship that saw the USA beaten by Greece in the semi-finals.

For the Philippines, its second time lucky, having narrowly missed out on hosting next year’s World Cup to China. Winning the latest bid showcases the nation’s will to never give up hope on landing FIBA’s flagship event.