Fiba outlines 2023 World Cup bid process, approves British Basketball Federation

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has outlined the timeline for the bidding process for its 2023 World Cup, which is set to see the likes of Germany, Qatar and Turkey battle it out for the event, while rounding up a number of other decisions from a central board meeting.

Fiba announced on Friday that its 2019 World Cup will be hosted by China, with the Beijing-led bid defeating a rival offering from the Philippines. In March, the federation said a sole bid from Germany will compete with Qatar and Turkey for the 2023 World Cup, adding a decision on the tournament’s hosting rights would be made next year.

Fiba has now said it will officially open the bidding process in early 2016 by sending out a circular letter to all its national member federations. The process will conclude in December 2016, when final bid presentations are to be selected and the choice of the host is to be made.

In other news, the suspension of the Pakistan Basketball Federation has been lifted, while Fiba has approved the request for membership of the British Basketball Federation, valid as of October 1. This brings an end to a process initiated in 2005, when London was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. With this approval, the national federations of England, Scotland and Wales will rescind their membership to Fiba on September 30 when they will then operate under the British Basketball Federation.

Fiba said its central board has followed the lead of its executive committee in holding discussions on how to further improve the federation’s governance, “in tune” with the wider discussions that are occurring within world sport. To that end, a working group has been mandated to revise internal control systems, to improve the process of awarding continental championships as well as to analyse more thoroughly the statutes of its national federations and to come forward with proposals for potential changes or improvements in these areas.

A report about the status of women's basketball was presented to the board, which approved the implementation of “concrete measures” to help its development based on the four priorities of recruitment and retention of female players; rules; competitions and calendar; and brand, look and image.

The board also approved changes to the Fiba Internal Regulations. Among them, provisions regarding the release of national team players by the clubs were amended in order to address some of the concerns expressed by clubs and leagues over the past year, including shortened release periods, guaranteed insurance coverage and the establishment of a permanent working group on league matters.

Fiba added that it is continuing its plans to have basketball’s 3×3 format included as an additional discipline at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.