FIBA’s Central Board met for the first time in 2019 on Saturday-Sunday, March 30-31, in Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city of Abidjan.
Besides the Central Board granting automatic places to Japan’s men’s and women’s national teams for the Olympic Basketball and 3×3 Basketball Tournaments at the Tokyo 2020 Games, here are the other key decisions, updates and main takeaways from the two-day meeting.
China 2019 Qualifiers conclude, World Cup draw in Shenzhen a unique spectacle
The Central Board received an update on the ongoing preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. This included looking back on the conclusion of the Qualifiers with the sixth and final window in February, which confirmed the 32 countries that will participate in the biggest edition of FIBA’s flagship competition.
The Board also relived some of the best moments of the World Cup draw held in the Chinese city of Shenzhen on March 16 and which was a first-of-its kind star-studded affair, headlined by World Cup ambassadors Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming and best-selling singer Jason Derulo.