The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has chosen Australia as the hosting nation for the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup, which will take place in Sydney late September and early October 2022.
This will be the second time that Australia would host the Women’s Basketball World Cup, after the first time in 1994.
The FIBA said that the Basketball Australia and the Russian Basketball Federation were the finalists bidding to organize the ten-day-long event.
However, at a video conference in March, the FIBA’s Central Board made the decision after hearing the presentation of the two candidates. President of the FIBA Hamane Niang said that the Central Board hailed the excellent presentations from the two strong national federations. However, there could be only one host nation for the 2020 event. It would be Australia, he said.
The tournament will take place in two venues in Sydney Olympic Park within over ten days. It will have the participation of 144 best players in the world, from 12 teams in 38 games.
The pre-qualifying tournaments of the FIBA’s Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 will be organized in each region in November 2021. Qualified teams will join the FIBA Qualifying Tournaments in February 2022, and the final 12 countries will take the court in Sydney.
The New South Wales Government will support the Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, through major tourism and events agency such as the Destination New South Wales and the Office of Sport.
According to the FIBA, Australia is one of only four nations to win the Women’s Basketball World Cup title since the launching of the event in 1953. The Opals, one of the major basketball teams in Australia, was runner-up in the last World Cup and achieved a medal in every tournament since 1986.