Fiba Americas, basketball’s governing body in the region, has awarded its 2015 Fiba Americas Championship to Mexico, with the country defeating rival bids from Brazil and Venezuela to host the national team tournament.
The 2015 Fiba Americas Championship for Men will be played in the Arena de Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. It will also serve as a qualifying competition for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The continental championship already has nine qualified teams in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. The 10th spot is currently reserved for the US national team and will be decided after their performance in the 2014 Fiba World Cup.
If the USA wins the World Cup, they will automatically qualify for Rio 2016. This will free up their place in the Americas Championship to Panama, which finished fifth in the 2014 Centrobasket competition, an event that concludes in Mexico today (Thursday).
“It has been proven, with their gold medal win in Caracas in the 2013 (Fiba Americas Championship) and the organisational excellence in this 2014 Centrobasket, that there is a resurgence of the sport in Mexico and we are confident that this decision will result in accelerated development of basketball in the country,” Usie Richards, president of Fiba Americas, said.