Basketball: World Cup set for Asia in 2019; Qatar bids for 2023
- Updated: March 18, 2015
March 18, 2015: The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) confirmed that the 2019 FIBA World Cup will be staged in Asia, after it elected to proceed with bids from China and the Philippines for the national team tournament, SportBusiness (www.sportbusiness.com) reported.
The announcement was one of a series of decisions made at the first meeting of FIBA’s Executive Committee this year. In December, FIBA had said that China, Germany – alone or as part of a joint candidacy with France – the Philippines, Qatar and Turkey were in the running to host the 2019 and 2023 World Cups.
While China and the Philippines will now battle it out for the 2019 tournament, FIBA has confirmed that a sole bid from Germany will compete with Qatar and Turkey for the 2023 World Cup.
FIBA’s Central Board will announce the host of the 2019 World Cup at its meeting from June 18-20, with a decision on the 2023 tournament expected next year.
Spain hosted last year’s World Cup from August 30-September 14, with the United States defeating Serbia 129-92 in the gold medal game, and FIBA said the success of the tournament helped the federation report a net income of CHF16.5m (€15.4m/$15.8m) for last year.
In addition, the Executive Committee said “good progress” was being made by the Japan 2024 Task Force, which is working toward solving the issues that led to the country’s federation being suspended in late 2014.
The ExCo also discussed the announcement that Saitama Super Arena will host the Olympic basketball tournament at the 2020 Tokyo Games. FIBA said: “Having hosted the final round of the 2006 FIBA Basketball World Cup, the facility is well-suited for the basketball community.”
Source: SportBusiness (www.sportbusiness.com); Editing by SportAsia