Jakarta (ANTARA) - The physical preparations for holding the Basketball World Cup or 2023 FIBA World Cup have already reached 97 percent, leaving only small issues that need to be resolved, Youth and Sports Minister Dito Ariotedjo said.

"Today, we conducted ministry-institution coordination meeting as a preparation to hold the Basketball World Cup in August," he said after leading the coordination meeting here on Monday.

"I already heard directly and I believe that the physical preparation is already 97 percent," he added.

The minister said he believes that Indonesia will be successful as a host for the sports event. This is considering that Indonesia was successful in organizing the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup.

"I feel that the Basketball World Cup can proceed well. Perbasi (Indonesian Basketball Association) has experience in FIBA Asia event, so I feel they are used to it," Ariotedjo said.

All that is left are small problems that need to be fixed such as technical and administration issues. He also highlighted that matters such as visas should be prepared and coordinated.

The minister said he expects that officials across different ministries and institutions as well as related stakeholders will continue to prioritize collaboration for the success of the FIBA World Cup.

Moreover, every aspect should be prepared based on existing standards.

"I expect that the Basketball World Cup can be held safely and comfortably," he said.

Given that this would be an international event, he informed that he wants every aspect of the preparation and every detail to be ensured.

"We want collaboration and cooperation to continue to be done well," he noted.

The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be held from August 25 to September 10. Indonesia is hosting the cup along with Japan and the Philippines.

FIBA will hold a draw for the teams that will compete for the cup on April 29 in Manila, the Philippines.

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