Mabuhay Pilipinas! It can’t, It won’t and It doesn’t get bigger than this!
Top Three book ticket to 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
· Philippines will play host to the FIBA Asia Championship for the third time – the first time after 40 years.
· Philippines were the champions on both the previous occasions when they hosted the Championship – in its inaugural year in 1960 and in 1973.
· Philippines also won the gold on three other occasions – Taipei 1963, Seoul 1967 and Kuala Lumpur 1986 – the last mentioned incidentally being the last time Philippines finished on the podium.
· At the 26th FIBA Asia Championship at Wuhan (China) in 2011, Philippines ended a 25-year drought of semifinals and finished No 4.
· China, the reigning champions, hold the record for the most number of Championship wins – 15 times.
· Barring one occasion – in 2007 at Tokushima, when they finished 10th, China have won a medal in all their 19 appearances.
· Korea are the only team to have participated in all the 26 Championships so far.
· Korea are also the only team to have entered the semifinals in 25 of the 26 appearances.
· After Korea, Japan come next in terms of appearances – 25 times. Philippines follow with 24 appearances. India and Malaysia have 22 appearances each.
· In Tokushima 2007, Iran became the second country who won their first medal as the gold medal.
· China were the first to post such a record - when they won the title on debut in 1975 Bangkok.
· China have the distinction of achieving a three-peat – or more – on three different occasions.
· From 1975 to 1983, China won five titles in a row, then from 1987 they won it for another penta-peat till 1995, and then from 1999 till 2005 they won four successive gold medals.
· China (1975) and Philippines (1960) hold the unique record of having won the gold in their debut. 1960, was of course the inaugural edition of the FIBA Asia Championship.
· Four of the participants in 2013, didn’t participate in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.
· Thailand, who won the title 10th SEABA Championship have a comeback into the FIBA Asia Championship fray after a gap of 12 years – the 2001 edition at Shanghai (China) being the last time Thailand played in this championship.
· Hong Kong make a comeback to this competition following their fourth place finish at the 3rd EABA Championship, after a gap of six years. 24th FIBA Asia Championship at Tokushima in 2007, when they finished 13th was the last occasion Hong Kong played in this competition.
· Kazakhstan, a semifinalist at the 24th FIBA Asia Championship at Tokushima in 2007, are back in the fray after missing out on the previous edition.
· Saudi Arabia are making a comeback finishing third in the 2012 GCC Championship after a gap of eight years – the 23rd FIBA Asia Championship held at Doha (Qatar) in 2005 being the last occasion they participated.