FIBA’s Executive Committee on Friday 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.
Below are the other key decisions from the meeting.
Impact of COVID-19 on FIBA Competitions 2020
After a thorough analysis and based on the recommendations from the FIBA Medical and Competitions Commissions, the Executive Committee confirmed that both FIBA U17 Basketball World Cups 2020 cannot take place this year. Options will be examined for the possibility to play the events in 2021. 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 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 3to 11, 2021, and the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2021, set to be played from August 7 to 15, 2021.
The Executive Committee has approved an activation plan to stimulate the resumption of 3×3 activity. FIBA is working with various authorities of host cities and countries on when and how official 3×3 events can safely restart in 2020.
FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 and FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Preparations
The Executive Committee received updates on both the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 and FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
The Executive Committee received updates from the working groups of the three strategic priorities for the 2019-2023 cycle, Empower National Federations, Women in Basketball and Enlarge FIBA Family, which included the launch of FIBA’s first-ever esports competition for national teams, the FIBA Esports Open 2020.