— Published 29 August 2023

The World Cup takes center stage

FIBA has drawn up its accounts. And they weigh heavily. More than 190 countries and regions are broadcasting images of the Men’s Basketball World Cup, currently taking place in the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. Coverage of the event is massive in Asia. In the three host countries, but also in China, where the last edition took place in 2019. Public broadcaster CCTV will be showing several matches live, but the entire tournament will be streamed by operator Tencent. For the first time, the World Cup is accessible to Cape Verde and South Sudan, two of the tournament’s surprise guests. These two African countries have already made their mark on the history of the tournament. The smallest nation ever to take part in a World Cup, Cape Verde achieved the feat of dominating Venezuela (81-75) on Monday August 28 at the Okinawa Arena. As for South Sudan, it became the youngest country to win a World Cup match, with a comprehensive 89-69 victory over China. Founded in 2011, South Sudan has been a member of FIBA since 2013.