The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has announced that Shanghai has replaced Suzhou as one of eight host cities for its 2019 World Cup in China, while the global governing body has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese conglomerate Beijing Enterprises Group (BEG) to set up a basketball academy in the country.
Burton Shipley, a Fiba executive committee member and chairman of the World Cup 2019 coordination committee, confirmed the decision to award hosting rights to Shanghai following a evaluation visit to the city. Shanghai joins Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan and capital Beijing as host cities for the event.
China’s plans for the World Cup outline that the event will be held in more host cities than ever before. Fiba awarded the hosting rights in August, with China defeating a rival bid from the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Fiba’s agreement with BEG will provide thousands of young Chinese athletes with access to world-class training facilities. The Memorandum ties in with the deal signed between the two parties last December, which named BEG an international partner of Fiba.
Shipley also confirmed that Fiba China offices will be established in Beijing, Nanjing and Guangzhou to oversee World Cup operations in the three cities. In addition, it has been confirmed that senior officials from the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as Deputy Governors from the five host provinces and Mayors of all eight host cities, would be included on the Local Organising Committee for the event.
The 2019 Fiba World Cup will take place from August 31 to September 15.