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FIBA releases calendar in lead up to the 2023 World Cup

by Reynald Magallon, May 11, 2020 8:31pm

FIBA has released the calendar of events in lead up to the 2023 World Cup which the country will be co-hosting with Indonesia and Japan.

The showpiece event is set to take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023 after the FIBA Central Board approved the dates of competition following consultation with the host nations and a recommendation by FIBA's Competitions Commission.

The 2023 World Cup will see the Group Phase take place in Manila, Jakarta, Indonesia and Okinawa, Japan. The Final Phase of the tournament will also happen in the country as it marks the first in the competition's history that it will be staged in more than one country.

It will be the Philippines' second time to host the global showpiece, the first time in 1978. It will also be the second time for Japan while it will be the first time that Indonesia will be hosting the World Cup.

Qualification for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will take place from November 2021 to February 2023, with 80 national teams competing for a spot in the World Cup. The first window of qualification will be played from November 22 - 30, 2021.

The World showpiece will once again feature the 32 national teams from around the world, with the expanded format adopted for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, FIBA's biggest event to date.

With this announcement also comes the launch of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 official website, which will be continually updated in the lead up to this flagship event.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will once again feature the 32 national teams from around the world, with the expanded format adopted for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, FIBA's biggest event to date.

Continuing with the success of the FIBA Competition System implemented in 2017, the qualification process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will include six windows over a 15-month period across the four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe.

The announcement however came despite the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of sports events such as the Tokyo Olympics, FIBA 3x3 qualifiers, FIBA Pre-qualifiers in Europe and Americas for the 2023 World Cup due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

FIBA had suspended all of FIBA events since March 13.

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