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Qatar to host 2027 FIBA Basketball World Cup for men

Basketball ruling body FIBA has confirmed Qatar as the hosts of one of its major competitions in 2027.

The Middle Eastern country, which hosted a successful FIFA World Cup in 2022, will now host the FIBA Basketball World Cup for men in four years’ time.

Like it was with the football showpiece, it will the first time basketball’s World Cup will be held in that part of the world.

FIBA clarified that all the games in the 32-team global competition will be held in the Qatari capital city of Doha.

Qatar, ranked 89th in the world currently, will automatically qualify for the tournament as hosts, although they last featured in 2006, when they lost all five of their games.

“Qatar’s capital city, Doha, has direct flights from most of the potential participating countries, while the recently upgraded subway and public transportation network connects all venues, providing a top-class service for all visitors,” FIBA said during the announcement last night.

“Additionally, all venues to be used for FIBA’s flagship men’s event are already constructed, while widely used green technologies will help in delivering the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 as a carbon-neutral event.”

The FIBA Basketball World Cup for this year, which Nigeria’s D’Tigers failed to qualify for, will be co-hosted by Philippines, Japan and Indonesia from August 25 to September 10.

Berlin, Germany will host the women’s tournament in 2026, which will feature 16 teams instead of 12.

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