Multi-nation hosting to remain in place for 2021 EuroBasket

Fiba Europe, the governing body of basketball on the continent, has announced that its 2021 EuroBasket tournament will again be staged across multiple nations after revealing seven bids for the event.

Multi-hosting was in effect in both 2015 (Croatia; Germany; France; Latvia) and 2017 (Finland; Israel; Romania; Turkey), before the event switched from a two-year to a four-year cycle, following the introduction of world governing body Fiba’s New Competition System.

Fiba Europe said the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia each submitted an official bid for the 2021 EuroBasket by the March 15 deadline.

As none of the bids calls for hosting the national team event single-handedly, Fiba Europe said the group phase of European basketball’s flagship competition will be organised in four countries, with one of them also serving as host of the Final Phase.

A total of 13 countries had initially expressed interest in knowing more about the rights when the process opened this past January.

Kamil Novak, Fiba executive director for Europe, said: “This strong desire to organise EuroBasket that a big number of our European federations has expressed, it tells us that the appeal of the event continues to be as strong as ever – if not stronger. We are more than certain that, among the candidacies, we will find four ideal hosts as we did for the previous two events.”

Fiba Europe will evaluate all venues and infrastructures before the board decides on the four hosts at its July meeting.

In other news, the bidding process for the 2021 Women’s EuroBasket has been extended until April 15, to give federations that initially expressed interest more time to finalise their bids.