MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The decision has been made.
China won the right to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA Central Board decided Friday, August 7 in Tokyo, Japan.
As expected, China flashed its heavyweight experience in mounting huge sporting events such as 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic games and regular FIBA events.
The Philippines, which hosted the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, was outclassed by China despite a bid backed by its mad love for basketball.
The Philippines' presenters included Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Philippine basketball federation president Manny V. Pangilinan, former national team head coach Chot Reyes, former national player Jimmy Alapag, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Filipino Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips. (IN PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao, Yao Ming at 2019 FIBA World Cup bid)
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