MIES, October 12, 2017 - Thursday August 31 marked the deadline
bidding to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to submit
their Candidature Files.
Turkey have each put forward single host nation bids, while Argentina/Uruguay
and Indonesia/Japan/Philippines are teaming up in two multiple host countries
We give the
floor to each bidder to talk about its candidacy.
Key facts about Turkey and basketball
78.74 million (2016)
FIBA in: 1936
Biggest basketball achievements to
runners-up at FIBA Basketball World Cup (2010)
runners-up at FIBA EuroBasket (2001)
Mediterranean Games gold medalists (1987 and 2013)
Proposed cities and venues
Ankara Arena (Group Phase)
Antalya Spor Salonu (Group Phase)
Fenerbahçe Ülker Arena (Group Phase)
Sinan Erdem Arena (Final Phase)
Karşıyaka Arena (Group Phase)
Why did you decide to apply to host
the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023?
full of passionate basketball fans, people who love the sport and their
national team. The Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) seeks to increase this
passion by bringing the World Cup back to Turkey, inspiring our nation with
incredible performances by teams around the world.
been honored to host this great event in the past and have seen an
increase in interest from all stakeholders of basketball - especially
grassroots participation in the sport - since we served as hosts. Along with
our staging of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2010 and the FIBA Women's
Basketball World Cup four years later, we planned and successfully delivered
the 'Children of the World' project and the 'Pass it On' camp, bringing the
youth of the world together in celebration of basketball and culture. We have
continued these programs and expanded them to provide personal development
skills for the disadvantaged youth in Turkey and across the region. We want to
continue to advance the sport and these programs in our country and region in
order to bring the joy of basketball to the large youth population in our
country and the surrounding countries.
Why did you decide to host FIBA's flagship
event as a single host? What are the benefits that you see in doing so?
long period of facilities development, we have venues across our country
suitable for a world-class basketball tournament. We have applied as a single
host so we can reach a large majority of our country's basketball fans by
hosting the event in cities across the nation, allowing us to build passion for
the sport across a wider range of communities. The cities that have been
selected are all established basketball centers in our country that are also
major tourist destinations. Each has excellent air connectivity - with just
over an hour's travel time between each - to provide a great experience for
spectators and teams and an efficient operation for all client groups.
What are for you the main takeaways from
FIBA's recent site workshop?
excited to hear about FIBA's new Joint Management Committee structure, the
return on investment (ROI) of the event, the 1,000 day event concept to help
activate and excite the community and commercial partners in the lead-up to the
event, the new format and calendar changes as well as the opportunity to work
with FIBA in a true partnership to deliver an even greater World Cup in Turkey.