New South Wales To Host 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup

New South Wales To Host 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup

New South Wales Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee

Sydney To Host 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales Government and Basketball Australia have won the bid to host the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 in Sydney.

Australian Opals were runners up in the 2018 event in Spain and will now have the opportunity to go one better when Sydney Olympic Park hosts the esteemed international tournament in September and October 2022, bringing together 12 nations for 38 games in the harbour city.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said it would be the first time Australia has hosted a FIBA World Cup event in 25 years.

“Sydney will provide a fantastic backdrop for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, from our world-class sporting facilities to the sights and lifestyle experiences our Harbour City has to offer visitors and viewers from around the globe.” Minister Ayres said.

“This event supports the New South Wales Government’s commitment to secure 10 World Cups in 10 years and will deliver a significant return for the New South Wales economy through visitation and profile.

“I have no doubt the Australian public will strongly support the tournament and, as a nation with a proud multicultural community, I’m sure all the participating nations will feel right at home in Sydney during this major event.”

Decision was made by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board overnight. As the host nation, the Australian Opals will compete against 11 of the best teams from across FIBA’s regions Asia & Oceania, Americas, Africa and Europe.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said New South Wales has a proud history of hosting international women’s sports events.

“I’m thrilled Sydney is hosting the biggest event in women’s basketball and I can’t wait to see the world’s best players in our backyard.” Minister Lee said.

“2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup will help grow the sport in New South Wales particularly at the grassroots level, while giving fans a major event to look forward to.”

Member for Ku-ring-gai and Parliamentary Friends of Basketball Chair Alister Henskens said it was a privilege for Sydney to host the 2022 Women’s World Cup.

“What a coup for New South Wales’s basketball-loving community to have the most prestigious tournament played right here in our backyard it will be an incredible event for spectators and a real motivator for the next generation of New South Wales basketball stars.” Mr. Henskens said.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Jerril Rechter said fans would see some of the world’s best players compete during the 10 days of the tournament.

“Fact that Australia was selected to host this incredible competition is a testament to the outstanding calibre of basketball talent in our country, the tireless work of our players, coaches and administrators and the passion Australians have for the game.” Ms. Rechter said.