Philippines grouped with South Korea, New Zealand, India in FIBA World Cup qualifiers

The Philippines will face South Korea, New Zealand, and India in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers. 

The draw for the qualifiers was held on Tuesday at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland with a simultaneous program and telecast in the Philippines. 

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan graced the event in Manila, along with SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, SBP president Al S. Panlilio, and other SBP officials. Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz also attended as a guest of honor. 

“The road to the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins with this draw,” said Pangilinan. “With it, we carry the grandest possibility of harnessing and broadcasting the unifying power and spirit of sport. From the Philippines, the world can expect what our players typically bring to the basketball court – everything. We offer our warmth and hospitality, our care and attention, our energy, and passion.” 

The Philippines is already qualified for the 2023 World Cup as one of the three hosts of the quadrennial meet. Co-host Japan also gets an automatic berth, while Indonesia will claim its guaranteed slot if it reaches the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Cup in 2022.  

The first round will be held in November 2021, February 2022, and June 2022. The second round will also have three windows scheduled in August 2022, November 2022, and February 2023. 

Gilas Pilipinas Men will take on South Korea, New Zealand, and India in Group A of the Asia-Oceania qualifiers. Australia, China, Japan, and Chinese-Taipei will compete in Group B; Jordan, Lebanon, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia in Group C; and Iran, Kazakhstan, Syria, and Bahrain in Group D. 

A total of 80 countries will participate in the qualifiers, with 32 countries advancing to the FIBA World Cup 2023. 

Asia-Oceania is allotted eight slots (including the Philippines and Japan), Africa has five slots, the Americas have seven, and Europe has 12.

“Seven hundred twenty-four days from today, we will host the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Manila, Jakarta, and Okinawa – the fulfillment of our grandest dreams,” said Pangilinan. “This means a lot of work in the following weeks, months, and years, but our people will tell you, we cannot wait. Let’s win for all.”