MRT BLAMED FOR PHILIPPINES’ LOSS TO CHINA IN BID TO HOST 2019 FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP

FIBA (International Basketball Federation) president Horacio Muratore from Argentina announces China as the host country of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup during a ceremony in Tokyo on August 7, 2015. China has won the right to host the 2019 basketball World Cup, beating out the Philippines in a vote on August 7 in Tokyo.  AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
FIBA (International Basketball Federation) president Horacio Muratore from Argentina announces China as the host country of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup during a ceremony in Tokyo on August 7, 2015. China has won the right to host the 2019 basketball World Cup, beating out the Philippines in a vote on August 7 in Tokyo. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

The Philippines’ bid to  host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup fell short as China was officially named the host of basketball’s biggest international tournament after both countries made their final presentations to the FIBA Central Board on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

The Philippine delegation pulled out all the stops but was just up against a formidable foe in China, a known giant in hosting sporting events.

Even the countries’ respective delegations were reminiscent of “David and Goliath,” with the Philippines’ boxing champion Manny Pacquiao standing next to China’s “giant” basketball legend Yao Ming.Capture

The Philippine delegation focused on the Filipinos’ passion for basketball as well as the country’s reputation as the social media capital of the world.

But when it came to infrastructure,  China won the FIBA voters’ nod hands down as it  laid out its already existing world-class venues as well as trains connecting the no less than eight cities that will host the games.

The Philippine delegation spoke briefly about MRT, Metro Manila’s Light Railway System that’s been plagued with long lines, accidents, train breakdowns and mismanagement.

Right there and then, the FIBA voters picked China.

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