Philippines, Japan and Indonesia to host 2023 FIBA World Cup
The Philippines, Japan and Indonesia are to co-host the first Basketball World Cup to be staged in multiple countries after FIBA, the sport’s international governing body, awarded the rights to the 2023 tournament.
At its meeting on Saturday, the FIBA Central Board unanimously voted in favour of the east Asian bid ahead of a joint bit from Uruguay and Argentina.
The group stages of the 2023 World Cup will take place across all three countries, with the final phase of the event taking place in the Philippine capital Manila.
FIBA president Horacio Muratore said: "Congratulations to Philippines/Japan/Indonesia as they will host a first-of-a-kind FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023, when it is staged across multiple countries. This was a very difficult decision as both candidatures were of exceptional quality. We want to congratulate both bidders for their outstanding work.
Muratore, an Argentinian, added: "We are very pleased to see national federations team up and put together bids of the highest quality to host our World Cup.
"We look forward to witnessing a FIBA Basketball World Cup Final played in a venue packed with more than 50,000 basketball crazy fans in the Philippines, a country where basketball is a religion."
FIBA said that the Argentina-Uruguay bid will have the “privileged opportunity to adapt their candidature” for the 2027 World Cup.
The requirements for hosting the 2027 edition will be revealed early next year before the FIBA Central Board votes on the next host in June 2018.
The three-way bid and its South American rival were the only two bids left in the race after the Turkish Basketball Federation and Russian Basketball Federation withdrew their bids late last month.
Turkey pulled out in order to refocus the budget on the development of the sport in the country, while Russia blamed the negative global attitude towards Russian athletes for its withdrawal.
China is the host for the next World Cup in 2019, which will be the first to involve 32 teams, up from 24 in Spain in 2014, as the quadrennial competition moves to the year before the Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, Shenzhen in China is to host the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup in 2018.
The Chinese Basketball Association and promoter SunsSports will collaborate to stage the third edition of the competition for national teams in Asia and Oceania.