FIBA Selects China to Host 2019 Basketball World Cup

August 7, 2015

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has named China as the hosts for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

China beat Philippines to the hosting rights, clinic who were the other finalists in the bidding process, purchase with a vote of 14 to seven.

This will be the first time China will host a basketball World Cup.

Horacio Muratore, the President of FIBA, said: “This was a very difficult decision because we had two national federations who did excellent work. However, there can only be one host country for our event in 2019 and it will be China.

“We would like to congratulate both national federations for their outstanding work and bids. This is what we wanted: to have national federations put together top quality bids to host our flagship event.

Yao Ming, the Ambassador for the China 2019 bid, said: “It’s such an exciting moment to bring the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup to China and I’m sure that millions of fans are sharing this joy with us.

“We have to pay tribute to the Philippines delegation. They were great opponents. Only opponents like them could really push us to our limits to test how capable we are. Even if we were opponents on this occasion, we still have a friendship with them.

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