Say Hello to JIP, FIBA Basketball World Cup’s 2023 Mascot
On July 31, 2022, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Mascot Launch was held at the SM Mall of Asia’s Central Atrium. There, many attendees were able to say hello to JIP, which was named after the World Cup’s three host countries: Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) President Al Panlilio described JIP as “a symbol for the strong bonds and unity among Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines,” and that the mascot “demonstrates the host’s unified goal of amplifying the environment through proper recycling practices.” As such, JIP aims to promote unity, representation, and recycling, with his design reflecting those values perfectly.
JIP’s red, blue, and white color scheme represents the Japanese, Indonesian, and Philippine flags. Not only that, but he also has a hoop and basket on his back, where recycled items can be shot into. It’s not a surprise that JIP was received with such a warm welcome from the event’s attendees.
In the morning, the event area, with coloring stations and basketball arcades, was opened to the public.
Come afternoon, hosts Eric ‘Eruption’ Tai and Denise Tan opened the event with a set from DJ Patty Tiu. Hype Streetball PH showed up for an exhibition performance, followed by JIP’s official reveal. The event ended with another musical performance, this time by Spongecola, who wowed the attendees. A lucky few were able to have a meet and greet with JIP himself, who eagerly posed for photos.
According to David Crocker, executive director of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, JIP’s unveiling was only a Kickstarter for future events and activities aimed at generating hype for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023. He hopes that “the Filipino’s passion for the sport will translate to overwhelming support for the teams that will come here.”
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