FIBA Postpones U17 Basketball World Cup 2020

The Executive Committee of FIBA has confirmed that FIBA U17 Basketball World Cups 2020 cannot take place this year. Options will be examined for the possibility to play the events in 2021. 

This was the resolution of FIBA’s Executive Committee meeting convened by video conference for their third ordinary meeting of the 2019-2023 cycle.

 FIBA President Hamane Niang commenced the meeting with an open letter addressing racism, calling on the global basketball community to be part of the change in society. 

 The meeting said the decision was made after a thorough analysis and based on the recommendations from the FIBA Medical and Competitions Commissions.

The meeting also agreed that a FIBA U17 Skills Challenge will be organized in August 2020, with the purpose of encouraging the National Federations to bring their teams together for a training camp and allow players to enjoy a competitive activity without traveling internationally. 

The meeting also submitted that the number of participating teams in the FIBA U17 Skills Challenge will be increased from 16 to 20, with 4 additional spots qualifying from each FIBA Region.

Update of FIBA Competitions for 2021-2022

New dates have been confirmed for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2021, now set to take place from July 3 to 11, 2021, and the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2021, set to be played from August 7 to 15, 2021. 

FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Adedayo Adelowo

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