Philippines has been awarded the right to host the prestigious 2013 FIBA Asia Championship after the FIBA Asia Executive Committee stripped Lebanon of its right to host said basketball tournament in view of the current situation in Lebanon and the rest of West Asia.
According to the official website of FIBA Asia, FIBA Asia Secretary General Hagop Khajirian said "Unfortunately, the current situation in the region and the on-going civil war in Syria, which has its indirect effect on the countries in the whole of West Asia, especially on Lebanon, creates doubts about the stability that we might not have, at least, till the fixed dates of our event."
"In view of these facts, FIBA Asia Executive Committee decided to change the venue of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship from Beirut-Lebanon to Manila-Philippines," he added.
The 2013 FIBA Asia Championship will be played as per the original dates of 1-11 August 2013. This will also act as the qualifying event for the 2014 FIBA World Cup to be played in Spain.
The event will determine Asia’s three representatives to the 2014 FIBA World Championship.