The much-awaited Draw Ceremony for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers occurred under high-luminosity television studio lights inside the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball on Tuesday afternoon.
The qualifiers draw ceremony marks the tip-off for men’s national teams trying to successfully play their way to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. Set to take place in two years in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, the FIBA Basketball World Cup’s 2023 edition marks the first time multiple countries will host this showpiece event.
Continuing with the success of the FIBA Competition System implemented in 2017 for team qualification to the 2019 World Cup, the process of qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will include six windows over 15 months across the four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe.
Two-time World Cup winner Rudy Fernandez took part in the proceedings from the FIBA Headquarters after FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis provided the opening remarks to the Draw Ceremony.
A host of sporting luminaries joined the captain of Spain’s golden basketball generation virtually from a Manila-based broadcast studio. These included FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Board Member Manuel V. Pangilinan and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippines ’ first Olympic gold medalist.
Spanish Basketball President Jorge Garbajosa provided a moment of levity by delivering the Naismith Trophy to the stage.
Eighty national teams were drawn across four different draws, one for each region – Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe.
Here are the results:
Starting in November, the 80 national sides will play home and away games across six qualifying windows to secure their place in the tourney. Thirty teams will join hosts Japan and the Philippines in the 32-team edition of FIBA’s flagship event.
Two co-host nations of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, Japan and the Philippines, both played in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and received direct qualification. Indonesia will get a chance to make history through the FIBA Asia Cup 2021, rescheduled to be played in 2022. The men’s national team must be ranked among the top eight teams at the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 to receive a direct qualification.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, set to take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023, will see the Group Phase take place in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. The Final Phase will follow in the Philippines capital city of Manila.