Qatar bids to host basketball World Cup

Spanish King Felipe (C) gives the trophy to U.S. player James Harden beside FIBA President Ivan Mainini after the U.S. won their Basketball World Cup final game against Serbia in Madrid Sept. 14, 2014. (File Photo: Reuters)

Qatar is among six bidders to host basketball’s World Cup in 2019 or 2023.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) says China, Germany, the Philippines and Turkey also want to host one of the next two tournaments.

FIBA says Germany may bid alone or with France.

The FIBA ruling board will choose the 2019 host in June, and may pick the 2023 host from the remaining bidders.

FIBA did not specify when the 32-nation 2019 tournament would be played. Its men’s world championship traditionally starts in late-August and finishes in mid-September.

Qatar will host football’s World Cup in 2022, the athletics worlds in 2019, and the handball worlds in January.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44