The state of Qatar has officially received the FIBA Basketball World Cup ball, during a special handover ceremony following the conclusion of the hugely successful FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
Mr. Manual V Pangilinan the Chair of the Philippines Local Organizing Committee firstly passed the ball to FIBA President Hamane Niang.
It was then passed to the Qatar Basketball Federation President Mr. Mohammed Saad Almeghaiseeb and the Qatar Olympic Committee Director of Marketing and Communications Sheikha Asma Al-Thani.
Speaking at the ceremony Mohammed Saad Almeghaiseeb said: “We are very proud to receive the Basketball World Cup ball as the next hosts of this fantastic event. We are grateful to our colleagues in FIBA and the Philippines for giving us the opportunity to see closely the organizational delivery of the World Cup. Hosting such a huge event for one of the most popular sports in the world in is a huge honour for Qatar. It is another step in our sports vision, and we are committed to taking advantage of this opportunity to organize an exceptional experience for the teams and fans.”
The State of Qatar has been awarded the honour of hosting the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 during the FIBA Central Board meeting held in the Philippines capital, Manila on April 28.
Qatar’s win in the bid came after a thorough evaluation of Qatar’s bid and final presentation which showcased a compelling vision, concept, and narrative for the event. By hosting the basketball World Cup, Qatar, which hosted the first ever FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and the Arab world, will make more history as Qatar 2027 will be the first FIBA flagship event to be held in the Middle East and the North Africa region.
Among the reasons which paved the way for Qatar’s success in the bid were the already available world-class competition venues, the country’s commitment to sport as a platform for realising national development goals and its enthusiasm to continue the development of basketball at all levels locally.
Qatar 2027’s commitment to long-term legacy planning and its focus on sustainability was further testament to the event’s value and impact potential on growing the sport of basketball in the region and around the world Qatar will host the World Cup for the third consecutive time in Asia, following the 2019 edition held in China and the 2023 edition held in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia.