JAKARTA, July 22 (Xinhua) — Indonesia is all set to co-host the 2023 FIBA World Cup next month, marked by the completion of its largest indoor stadium that can accommodate up to 16,000 spectators, the country’s high official said on Friday.
The competition will be held from August 25 to September 10 in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines, featuring 32 teams.
Indonesian minister for state-owned enterprises Erick Thohir, who is also a FIBA central board member, said in a statement that the completion of the stadium located at the Gelora Bung Karno sporting complex in Jakarta would show the world that Indonesia would host the international sport event properly.
“Although we are the co-host together with Japan and the Philippines, this is still a rare chance. In addition, FIBA World Cup is an international event with a level comparable to the Olympics. This event will draw the world’s attention to Indonesia,” he said.
Thohir also encouraged all basketball fans and sport enthusiasts in Indonesia to come and watch the matches.