(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: For all of our viewers and fans of USA Basketball (USAB) and the governance it has over all of our multiple Team USAs in a variety of Men’s and Women’s categories and tournament brackets whenever they are announced for international competition purposes, this piece will start our coverage of the upcoming Men’s Tournament for the World Classic of Basketball, aka, the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup. Our Women’s National Team won the 2022 FIBA World Cup that took place last year in Australia. China took second and Australia, third.
We will bring you as much news from USA Basketball regarding the Men’s path to the newly re-designed and refined FIBA 2023 World Cup. This will be the first time that the tournament will be contested by (32) teams representing a much broader section of countries who play the sport and have waited patiently for this new era of global competition to begin.
The Men’s draw for Group Pool Play will take place this Saturday, April 29th. For more information, click here.
[Photo Gallery Courtesy]: USA Basketball & DCT Abu Dhabi/Michael Clemens
USA Basketball Announces Agreement with DCT Abu Dhabi
2023 USA Basketball Showcase to Feature Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates
Colorado Springs, Colorado – USA Basketball announced in early March, an agreement with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), under which the United States will host three games in Abu Dhabi featuring the men’s national teams from the U.S., Germany and Greece. The USA Basketball Showcase Abu Dhabi represents USA Basketball’s first men’s national team activity in the United Arab Emirates.
In preparation for the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team will host Greece and Germany on Aug. 18 and 20, respectively. Germany and Greece are set to play on Aug. 19th.
To view a (1:10 second) video highlight of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Tournament, click here.
“USA Basketball is thrilled to work with DCT Abu Dhabi to bring the USA Basketball Showcase to Abu Dhabi. This is the first time our Men’s National Team will play in the UAE and we’re excited to engage with fans from across the globe, while also offering our players and coaches memorable on- and off-court experiences,” said Jim Tooley, CEO, USA Basketball. “We are grateful to the national federations of Greece and Germany for their participation as we prepare for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, arguably the toughest international tournament in basketball.”
Tickets will go on sale this spring, but fans can register for updates by clicking here.
“It’s set to be an unforgettable summer in Abu Dhabi and it’s an honour to host the first USA Basketball Showcase in the UAE,” said Saleh Al Geziry, director general of tourism, DCT Abu Dhabi. “We look forward to welcoming players and fans from the USA, Germany and Greece, to cheer on their national teams and to discover a wide range of experiences in Abu Dhabi that inspire, excite and restore.”
Additional USA Basketball Showcase details, including team rosters, broadcast information and training camp dates, will be announced later.
The U.S. officially qualified for the 2023 FIBA World Cup last month. One of seven teams set to represent FIBA Americas in the 32-team field, the USA will play all its games in Manila as the tournament is set for Aug. 25-Sept. 10, in Indonesia, Japan and The Philippines. The World Cup draw is set for Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Manila.
Ingo Weiss, President, German Basketball Federation: “It’s really great for us to be able to play the USA and Greece in Abu Dhabi just before the FIBA World Cup. Abu Dhabi is an excellent location for such a top-class basketball event and is developing more and more into a real sports stronghold. The DBB is very much looking forward to our time in the United Arab Emirates and the great games there.”
Vangelis Liolios, President, Hellenic Basketball Federation: “We are excited to be part of such a great celebration of basketball. Three continents will meet on the eve of the 2023 World Cup thanks to DCT Abu Dhabi. The Hellenic Basketball Federation accepted the invitation with a mix of joy and excitement for this double-encounter with the USA and Germany. We are looking forward to an amazing experience on and off the court. Our men’s national team will be ready to enjoy the game, hoping to bring smiles to the fans.” ###