FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, has today announced Australia as the host nation for the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup.
Australia saw off competition from Russia in the final stage of the bidding process for the quadrennial tournament.
The decision was made, via video conference, by the FIBA central board today, and will mark the second time Australia will host the event, having previously done so in 1994.
The entire World Cup will be staged in Sydney over 10 days in September and October 2022.
The 12-team tournament will be played across two venues, both of which are located in the Sydney Olympic Park.
Andreas Zagklis, FIBA secretary general, said: "This is a tremendous opportunity for the city of Sydney to both promote and take women’s basketball to the next level. We witnessed many successes at the last World Cup, and I am sure that in 2022 we will see even more. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation over the next two years in planning for this pinnacle event."
The most recent edition of the Women's Basketball World Cup was held in Tenerife in Spain in 2018.
Australia have won the tournemant on one previous occasion, in Brazil in 2006, with USA having been triumphant at the last three editions.