Four bidders to contest rights to 2023 Fiba World Cup

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has confirmed that four bids will battle it out for hosting rights to the 2023 edition of its World Cup national team tournament.

Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines have submitted a joint bid to host the event, as have Argentina and Uruguay. Russia and Turkey have each submitted single-host bids.

Any other nation interested in forming part of these bids has until the end of August, when candidature files are submitted.

Each candidate’s parties and stakeholders will be given the opportunity to meet with Fiba representatives to discuss their bid over the coming weeks and months.

Once candidature files have been submitted, the Fiba Evaluation Commission will visit each candidate nation to assess the bid before reporting back to the organisation’s central board. The central board will announce the host, or hosts, of the 2023 World Cup at its end-of-year meeting.

Fiba last year said that a multiple territory hosting model could be adopted for the first time at the 2023 World Cup.

Spain hosted the last edition of the Fiba World Cup in 2014, with the United States having defeated Serbia 129-92 in the gold medal game. The event will travel to China for the first time in 2019, when a record 32 teams will compete.