MVP: Three-nation hosting of Fiba World Cup ‘spreads basketball fever’

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Indonesia has the Indonesian Basketball League that has 12 teams across the country boasting local fan bases. Japan also has its own professional basketball league.“I think it’s an event that makes all Filipino very happy and I’m sure all of the fans in Indonesia and Japan are equally happy,” said Pangilinan. “As you know we are just a basketball crazy country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yankees set to reel in MVP Stanton from Marlins OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene From left, Yuko Mitsuya chairman of the Japan Basketball Association, JBA, Philippine businessman and SBP Chairman Emeritus Manuel V. Pangilinan and Indonesian businessman and central board member and President of Indonesia’s NOC Erick Thohir pose with the Naismith Trophy, FIBA Basketball World Cup trophy, after the host announcement ceremony for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023, at the FIBA’s headquarters in Mies, Switzerland, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. The three countries Philippines, Japan and Indonesia have been selected to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)It’s been an indisputable notion that the Filipinos’ fervor for the sport of basketball had reached religious levels.So when the Philippines was chosen as one of the hosts for the 2023 Fiba World Cup, Manny V. Pangilinan, the chairman emeritus of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, could not help but share the excitement with Indonesia and Japan.ADVERTISEMENT “Hosting the Fiba Basketball World Cup in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia is good because it does spread the basketball fever around in those countries instead of concentrating it in one place,” said Pangilinan as per Fiba’s official website.“The work with Japan and Indonesia starts today. I’m sure at the end of the day it will be an excellent tournament for all three countries, and for Fiba, and for world basketball.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense The Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia will all share the hosting rights for the 2023 Fiba World Cup after outbidding the joint presentation of Argentina and Uruguay.All three countries can claim that they have the sport of basketball as part of their popular culture with the Philippines regarding the sport as its most beloved one, be it in the professional or collegiate level.  MOST READcenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge PLAY LIST 00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:43Duterte OKs holiday truce with Reds02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Saudi Visa Suspension ‘Saddens’ Muslim Council

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheik Karfumba Konneh, has described the suspension of visas by Saudi Arabia to three West African countries as ‘sad.’The Saudi Arabian government Tuesday, March 25, decided to “suspend visa issuance” to Liberian Muslims, following reports of the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region; which includes Guinea, where the disease has had its worst toll.According to the Chairperson of the National Muslim Council, Liberian Muslims are not the only ones being affected by the Saudi’s action. He revealed that Muslims from Guinea, Gambia and Sierra Leone have been restricted as well.Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer Thursday, April 3, Sheik Kafumba Konneh said they had faith in Almighty Allah that before the time for the main pilgrimage reaches, Allah would have passed the Ebola plague over Liberia and Muslims would go to Mecca for their “once in a lifetime” experience.He said the Founder—Prophet Mohammed—of the Islamic Religion, had mandated every Muslim to visit Mecca, which include adhering to one of the five pillars of Islam.The Liberian Islamic scholar spoke with the Observer at his Clay Street resident on Thursday, April 3.He stated that while the Saudi’s action saddens the National Muslim Council, their (the Saudi government’s) decision was “understandable.” According to him, 1,500 years ago, the Prophet Mohammed said, “When there is epidemic (contagious virus), Muslims should restrict their movement and even those in the safe areas should not come into the place that is affected with the virus.”“We want the government of Liberia, Africa and the World Health Organization (WHO) to rise up and ensure this Ebola virus does not spread further. If that is done, Muslims will be able to travel to any of the holy places.”The Islamic cleric explained that they were aware of the situation of the deadly Ebola virus and were trusting in Allah that before the hajj, it would be over and Muslims allowed to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam.He further explained that the issue of traveling to the holy land of Mecca, Jerusalem and Medina was important for each Muslim as it was a once in a life time experience as many life changing things occur at the land of Mohammed.“We must go there once as a Muslim because it allows us to visit historical sites, including the place where Prophet Adam and his wife Hawa [Eve] lived on Mount Arafat. Muslims also see the graves of Prophet Mohammed and his wives and children.”He said Prophet Mohammed once said there is no sickness on earth without cure; something that Muslim people believe strongly. This is why they have faith the threat of Ebola will soon be over.He called on Muslims to be prayerful and trust that Allah will solve the situation and they would be able to visit those holy sites.He disclosed that the Muslim Council in Liberia has asked the Saudi authorities responsible for the hajj to allocate at least 1,000 slots for Liberian Muslims.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more