— Published 2 May 2023

Qatar and Germany hit the jackpot

Nice catch for Qatar. The Gulf state has been awarded the organization of the Men’s Basketball World Cup in 2027 (pictured above). For the first time since the creation of the event, all the games will be played in the same city, Doha, with venues less than 30 minutes away from each other. FIBA said in a statement: “All the venues already exist. In addition, the extensive use of green technologies will help make this FIBA 2027 World Cup a carbon-neutral event.” During the same meeting, held last week in Manila, Philippines, the FIBA Executive Board awarded Germany the hosting of the Women’s World Cup in 2026. This will be the second time Germany has hosted the event, the first being in 1998. The world tournament will take place in September in Berlin, in two different venues: the Arena Berlin and the Max-Schmeling Halle. The Women’s World Cup in 2026 will be the first in history to bring together 16 national teams. They will get their ticket via qualification tournaments organized on a global level. Finally, the FIBA Executive Board unveiled the host countries of the world pre-qualification tournaments for the Paris 2024 Games. They will regroup 40 countries not qualified after the World Cup 2023. For Africa, the competition will be held in Lagos, Nigeria. For the Americas, it will be held in Argentina, in a city yet to be determined. For Europe, a first tournament has been confirmed in Istanbul, Turkey, with the second to be co-hosted by Poland (Gliwice) and Estonia (Tallinn). The host of the tournament in Asia will be confirmed at a later date.