Philippines is set to welcome the FIBA Evaluation Commission on January 27, Tuesday, for an ocular inspection from the for the bid to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Sports director Lubo Kotleeba, media marketing director Frank Leenders, and events director Predrag Bogosavljev will be the team to assess from Tuesday morning starting with a visit to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
After assessing the 55,000-seater arena, the team will then go to the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
For the potential event hotels, the team will be screening the Edsa Shangri-La and Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
The next day, the team will go to Cebu to assess the SM group’s constructed sports facility. And then, at lunch they will return to Manila for a Solaire Hotel presentation.
FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann will join the team for their last assessment day on Thursday. After his arrival, there will be a courtesy call with the President Benigno Aquino III.
Some of the countries that are considered for the basketball cup, aside from the Philippines, are China, Germany-France, Qatar, and Turkey.
The said ocular inspections for the probable 2019 FIBA host will be until the end of February. By the end of April, the shortlisted countries should have filed their final bids.
2019 FIBA World Cup of Basketball host country will be named on June 18.