MANILA – FIBA announced on Wednesday night that Argentinian basketball legend Luis Scola will be a global ambassador for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

Scola played through five FIBA World Cups since 2002, winning two silver medals, and became the quadrennial event's second all-time leading scorer.

"I'm truly honored to be a World Cup Global Ambassador and to take on this new role," Scola said.

He is also part of the 2004 Argentinian squad that won it all in the Athens Olympics alongside Manu Ginobili.

Both Ginobili and Scola made it to the National Basketball Association along with Fabricio Oberto.

"Being part of our Golden Generation with so many amazing players has also been a very special experience. To play every summer was also a priority because it helped me maintain my fitness for the following season. We had amazing victories. While there were some disappointing results, we won a lot more than we lost and learned many life lessons along the way," Scola added.

He looks forward to seeing all the participating teams, headlined by host teams Gilas Pilipinas and Japan's "Akatsuki Five", put up a high level of perseverance in the FIBA World Cup from Aug. 25-Sept. 10, 2023.

"Maybe the biggest was that with perseverance, togetherness and a shared vision, a team can achieve more than is expected. If all players, all teams, take that approach next year, this is going to be another unforgettable World Cup across the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia," Scola said. (PNA)