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Plan for office in Indonesia, looking at hosting FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2027

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Ingo Weiss, FIBA Central Board Member

Jakarta, IO – Discussing FIBA’s plan to open an office in Indonesia, Executive Director of FIBA (the International Basketball Federation) David Crocker, along with FIBA Central Board Member Ingo Weis and FIBA Executive Board Member and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Mariller, met with Erick Thohir, who is also a FIBA Central World Member, on Wednesday evening (May 1). 

Erick captioned his official Instagram account, “Meeting with FIBA Central Board fellow, Ingo Weiss, in Jakarta. Good news for (Indonesia’s) national basketball – FIBA will open an office in Indonesia.” 

Before meeting Erick, FIBA representatives met with the top management of the Central Board of PERBASI (the Indonesian Basketball Association) at Arena Senayan in the GBK Complex, Jakarta. 

They were received by PERBASI General Chairperson Danny Kosasih, Secretary General Nirmala Dewi, Deputy Secretary General Rufiana, Deputy Chair for Competitions Ratana Arya Krishnan and Director of Legal and Discipline George Fernando Dendeng. 

The FIBA delegation commended PERBASI for its achievements in developing basketball in Indonesia, as explained by Nirmala Dewi. “We’re honored and proud to have members across 34 provinces, from Aceh to Papua,” said Nirmala. 

Aside from discussing the future of Indonesian basketball, FIBA officials met the Indonesian U18 men’s basketball team players who will play in the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA Under-18) Championship next July. Weiss motivated the young players to focus on becoming big players and living a healthy lifestyle. 

The next day, the FIBA delegation met with Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Dito Ariotedjo (May 2). FIBA has been considering Indonesia’s potential to host FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2027. 

“We’ve selected Indonesia to be a candidate to host the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2027,” said Ingo Weiss. 

Weiss applauded Indonesia for successfully hosting the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023 with the Philippines and Japan, which FIBA considers the best basketball event organization in 2023. 

“We were here at the 2023 FIBA World Cup and experienced an incredible vibe. We met many who were enthusiastic about basketball. People do love basketball in this country,” he added. 

Unlike the senior category of the FIBA World Cup, in the U19 World Cup, the hosts can directly participate in the tournament without playing in the qualifying round.

Also, Indonesia will not be required to pay a hosting fee if it becomes a host; however, it will bear responsibilities for the management and managing of the organizing committee. 

Another consideration that makes it possible for Indonesia to bid to host the U19 World Cup is FIBA’s plan to open a new office in Jakarta this year. Weiss said it would make the World Cup organization in Indonesia smoother. 

“Indonesia has also shown significant growth in sports infrastructure, especially in basketball,” added Weiss, referring to Indonesia Arena, which became the venue for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. 

Youth and Sports Minister Dito Ariotedjo was pleased to hear of Indonesia’s nomination to host the U19 World Cup. Dito confirmed to FIBA and PERBASI that Indonesia would participate in the bidding. 

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“FIBA also brought good news that they seem to want the U19 World Cup to be held in Asia,” said Dito. 

For the next few years, Indonesia plans to host several international tournaments, particularly in the junior category, as it can provide space for developing young talents in the country. 

“Indonesia has sports facilities fitting for world championships. It doesn’t have to be in Jakarta but can take place in other cities across Indonesia,” added Dito. (rp)

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