The Philippines Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for co-hosting the FIBA Basketball World Cup completed another round of detailed planning workshops in Clark late last week as the countdown has reached its 10-month mark for the August 25-September 10 major event.
Through the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), led by President Emeritus Manuel V. Pangilinan and President Al S. Panlilio, the country will lead an unprecedented hosting with Japan and Indonesia for the 19th edition of the Cup which will bring together 32 teams from the continental zones of Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
Spain are the defending champions of the World Cup, which serves as a qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
FIBA World Cup 2023 Executive Director David Crocker attended the two-day session at the Quest Plus Conference Center inside the Clark Freeport area along with the heads of the many committees involved in the organization.
Also in attendance were SBP Executive Director and LOC Director of Events Renauld “Sonny” Barrios and Deputy Director of Events Erika Dy.
LOC Senior Planner Ramon “Tats” Suzara facilitated the workshop, which was also held at the Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City in March and at the PLDT office in Makati in June.
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Suzara said two more planning sessions are scheduled for March and July after the draw ceremony on April 22.
“I think now that the various departments realize that very detailed planning is important for this event, such as the transport schedule, the catering plan, the identification plan and the drawings of the place, the spaces, between others, everything falls into place,” Suzara said.
A final planning meeting will take place, Suzara said, once the incoming teams are known after the draw.
Crocker, former CEO of Basketball New Zealand and senior director of sports development at the Australian Sports Commission, was impressed with how the first day of the planning session went.
“I like the start of the session because it’s all about team building,” said Crocker, who also provided input on Day 2, including on the broadcast and media stand to set up and in the function. volunteer services.
“With approximately 300 days, it’s really time for all of these functional areas to start coming together, not just as individual areas of expertise, but to work across all functional areas in some level of cooperation and harmony. “, added Crocker.
Crocker said it was “quite comforting” to know that “steps have been taken for an advanced level of thinking in preparation at this stage.”
Barrios, meanwhile, pointed to the benefit of having such detailed workshops.
“It’s a major achievement because we were able to see the progress of every functional area,” he said.