Carrión to lead Fiba World Cup 2023 management committee

Fiba headquarters in Mies, Switzerland. Image credit: fiba.basketball

Fiba board member Richard Carrión has been appointed chairman of the board of the joint management committee for the 2023 Basketball World Cup in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

The appointment was made at a Fiba executive committee meeting on Friday at the governing body’s headquarters in Mies, Switzerland.

The Joint Management Committee is overseeing preparations for the World Cup. Other members of the committee include Al Panlilio, president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (the Philippine Basketball Federation), and John Lucas, chief executive of Philippine advertising agency Grey and one of the leaders of the country’s bid to host the event.

Carrión is a Fiba executive committee member, an International Olympic Committee member, has served on the Coordination Commissions for the Atlanta 1996 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and is on the Coordination Commission for Milano Cortina 2026.

Fiba also appointed David Crocker, Fiba Oceania Executive Director, as executive director of the 2023 World Cup 2023.

Other decisions made at Friday’s exco meeting included changes to the schedule of Fiba Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers due to the coronavirus outbreak. The game between Hong Kong and Guam on February 20 will be played in Guam instead of Hong Kong, and the game between Hong Kong and Australia on February 23 has been switched to Australia.

Fiba had earlier switched one of its two Tokyo 2020 women’s Olympic qualifying tournaments from Foshan, China to Belgrade Serbia, due to the virus outbreak. The tournament, featuring teams from China, Great Britain, Korea and Spain, tips off this Thursday, February 6.

Hungary has been confirmed as host of three youth world cups – the U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2021, the U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2021, and the U19 Basketball World Cup 2023. The three tournaments will take place in Debrecen.

The hosts of three more youth world cups will be appointed at the next Fiba central board meeting in March – the U19 Basketball World Cup 2021, the U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 and the U19 Basketball World Cup 2023.

Friday’s exco meeting commenced with a minute’s silence in memory of the recent deaths of former NBA commissioner David Stern and US basketball icon Kobe Bryant.