Qatar awarded hosting rights for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027

Qatar awarded hosting rights for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027

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By QLNews

Five years after successfully organizing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the nation will host another major event — FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 — with all games taking place in Doha.

The international basketball federation awarded Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF) the hosting rights for the tournament on Friday. FIBA awarded the Women’s Basketball World Cup 2026 to Berlin, Germany.

Just like the football world cup, the 2027 event will be the first-ever to be held in the Middle East region.

FIBA’s Central Board were impressed by Doha’s bid, which highlighted the competition’s compact geographical nature, unique flexibility with tournament venue helping better serve fans, as well as its emphasis on sustainability.

FIBA President Hamane Niang said: “The Central Board was impressed by the submission made by QBF. I’d like to congratulate them on behalf of the Board for the quality of work they’ve already completed in putting this bid together. We’re very happy to be able to award the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 to Qatar.” 

“While we’re all looking forward to what we know will be another standout FIBA event, we’ll also enjoy the full journey to Doha. The qualification path to the World Cup has been a great success since its introduction in 2017, and we’ll be ready once again to follow all the action,” he added. 

Doha, one of the best-connected destinations anywhere in the world, boasts of direct flights from most of the potential participating countries. The city’s subway and public transportation network connects all venues and provide top-class service for visitors. 

With all teams playing in the same city and all venues within 30 minutes of each other, fans can plan their journey well in advance. While all venues to be used for FIBA’s flagship event are already constructed, green technologies will help deliver it as a carbon-neutral event. 

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 is expected to engage millions of basketball fans throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said: “I’d like to congratulate QBF on their successful bid, and we’re very confident this event will be one of the highest quality both on and off the court. 

“Importantly, it’ll be delivered by a skilled and experienced team that has an excellent track record on a wide range of major international sporting events, including world championships or cups of more than a dozen other top Olympic sports.”

“Additionally, to have all 32 participating teams based in one city for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 will present a unique opportunity for fans to customize their World Cup experience by accessing more games in person than in any other FIBA World Cup over the last twenty years. I believe 2027 will be a special experience in Doha for this flagship FIBA event.”

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