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01 Jun 2017

Four bids and counting for 2023 Basketball World Cup

Four bids are on the table to host the Basketball World Cup in 2023, FIBA, the sport's governing body, announced today.

Russia and Turkey have submitted individual bids, while Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines have teamed up with a joint proposal, as have Argentina and Uruguay.

FIBA said other nations can still bid to host the tournament until the end of August when candidature files are due. Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Poland and Serbia all attended a November 2016 workshop with FIBA relating to the 2023 World Cup, but have yet to proceed with an official bid.

The governing body is allowing multiple host country bids for the first time after its central board voted in favour of amending the bid process at its meeting 12 months ago.

Each of the candidates will meet with FIBA representatives over the coming months to discuss aspects of the bid, hosting requirements and legacy elements. A FIBA evaluation commission will then visit the proposed host cities.

The FIBA central board will select the 2023 World Cup host country at the end of the year.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup is breaking new ground in 2019, when it will be staged in China for the first time and feature a record 32 teams. The Philippines lost out to China in the bidding for that tournament.