Fiba World Cup set for Asia in 2019, with Qatar in running for 2023 event

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has said its 2019 World Cup will be staged in Asia after electing to proceed with bids from China and the Philippines for the national team tournament.

The announcement was one of a series of decisions made at the first meeting of Fiba’s Executive Committee in 2015. In December, Fiba had said that China, Germany – alone or possibly 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 the 2014 World Cup from August 30 to September 14, with the United States defeating Serbia 129-92 in the gold medal game. Fiba said the success of the tournament helped the federation report a net income of CHF16.5m (€15.4m/$15.8m) for last year. Fiba added: “This constitutes a solid basis in order to invest in the numerous projects Fiba has for the 2014-2019 term of office.”

On the subject of national member federations, the Executive Committee has approved Kosovo’s membership, making it the 215th member of the world governing body of basketball. It also said that “good progress” was being made by the Japan 2024 Task Force, which is working toward solving the issues that led to the country's national 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.”

Finally, after receiving a progress report on the remodelling of the European club competitions; the ExCo has given the green light to continue with the work, and if required by the project, to invest “significant funds” together with Fiba Europe.

In July, the executive board of Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA) approved a strategic plan that had been put forward to secure the future of the sport across Europe. Under the plan, a pyramid model for European competitions was put forward in order to better ensure the future growth and stability of domestic competitions while offering clubs a route to individual and collective development. This strategy was envisioned to eventually lead to a competition model that would mirror the classic European sports structure of promotion and relegation, under which clubs would move from domestic leagues to the Eurocup and, eventually, the Euroleague itself.

Following a meeting in January, Euroleague Basketball and the domestic leagues said they had found “consensus” in order to “homogenise and improve” the general standards across their domestic leagues.

The leagues agreed to establish common frameworks that permit more uniformity in key aspects. This will include harmonised clubs competition calendars, unified technical rules, financial fair play with respect to the market differences in each territory, minimum standards for arenas and comprehensive European competitions’ structures for the Euroleague and Eurocup.