MVP and his vision
WE may have lost the bid to host the FIBA World Cup in 2019, but in watching the event last Friday, I could not help but wish Philippine politics would emulate that process in a lot of ways.
Before I elaborate, allow me to congratulate the Philippines’ bidding team led by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, whose people did a remarkable job in presenting our proposition.
As for the bidding proper, it was so refreshing to see a group of Filipinos proudly telling the world how we can be a great country in the near future, so great that we deserve to host an event of this magnitude.
It was actually the best 20 minutes of my life as a Filipino.
Perhaps, most people would think it would be pathetic of us to consider basketball as our best way to rise from the doldrums and be economically competitive in the world stage.
The hosting of a FIBA World Cup, from how I understand it, is an event that requires economic stability from its host country.
After all, next to the sporting aspect of FIBA basketball is the business side of it.
That is why during the FIBA bid proper, both China and the Philippines reiterated each country’s political and financial stability by 2019.
And in doing so, our team in a lot of ways showed our people there is still hope for our country which was deemed hopeless by thousands of our countrymen who saw bright future in working abroad.
Sorry to say that, but it’s a reality that I fully understand, knowing that some of us consider employment here as a matter of life and death for their families.
How I wish our politicians would be like SBP President Manny V. Pangilinan who, instead of looking at faults of their competitor, focused on what can be done to help our country’s gain a robust economy in the coming years.
MVP and his men had this firm belief that we can deliver what FIBA officials wanted since day one of this procedure happened, and that is a quantum leap hosting.
SBP hierarchy went on with the bid despite being aware about serious issues that is plaguing our country and one of them is the degenerating state of our transport system.
For Team Philippines in Tokyo, Japan last Friday, to believe we can have an effective infrastructure by 2019, be it in transport, accommodation and even peace and order only show their faith not only with our government but also with our people by that time.
Isn’t that uplifting if we compare it with our politicians of today, who exert unbelievable effort just to discover (sometimes fabricate) each other’s debaucheries and expose it to the public?
With the 2016 national elections just around the corner, we Filipinos deserve the best presentation from our politicians and give us hope in the coming years.
All it will take for our aspiring government leaders is to watch SBP’s 20-minute FIBA bid presentation which is readily available on Youtube.
Twenty minutes is all it will take for us to realize how our country can be great again.