DONGGUAN, CHINA — SEPTEMBER 03: Fans of Australia cheer during the 2019 FIBA World Cup, first round match between Australia and Senegal at Dongguan Basketball Center on September 03, 2019 in Dongguan, China. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
DONGGUAN, CHINA — SEPTEMBER 03: Fans of Australia cheer during the 2019 FIBA World Cup, first round match between Australia and Senegal at Dongguan Basketball Center on September 03, 2019 in Dongguan, China. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

Australia’s bold World Cup bid

Basketball Australia will submit a submission to FIBA to host the 2027 World Cup to capitalise on the sport's growth Down Under.

Chairman Ned Coten told The Daily Telegraph that discussions with global officials have begun for the Cup to be held on Australian shores.

Coten also revealed Basketball Australia have started negotiations with the federal government about assisting to fund the Cup.

 

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(L to R) Boomers Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles and Andrew Bogut at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Picture: Yifan Ding/Getty Images
(L to R) Boomers Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles and Andrew Bogut at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Picture: Yifan Ding/Getty Images

"This World Cup in China has shown that there is massive support for basketball in Australia and we want to host more big events," Coten said.

"The Cup bidding process is very formal but we will be submitting a criteria to FIBA.

"The expense of applying means we need the support of the government and significant corporate support but those discussions have been underway for a year now.

"The next World Cup will be in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia in 2023, so given it has been in the Asia region it will be difficult, but we are certainly going to plan ahead and see what happens."

 

The Australian team to sing the national anthem prior to the quarterfinal of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Picture: Yifan Ding/Getty Images
The Australian team to sing the national anthem prior to the quarterfinal of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Picture: Yifan Ding/Getty Images

Coten also revealed plans for Australia to host FIBA events like friendlies in a bid to prove that the country can run a World Cup.

He said Basketball Australia are in the process of formulating a 10-year events plan to bring senior and junior FIBA tournaments Down Under.

In the past, Australia's distance from the rest of the world has been a stumbling block when securing big events.

But Coten says this perception is changing, revealing he has been inundated by other countries at the Cup saying they want to play games on Australian soil.

"In the last few days I've spoken to officials from Spain, Germany and Lithuania and they said they'd love to come to Australia," he said.

 

"We've hosted the USA in front of 52 plus thousand people and the feedback I've had from the Americans has been incredible.

"Now word has got around with the other nations about Australia.

"The issue is how we can fit them into our calendar and a time that will be appropriate for them.

"The reputation of Australia, both in terms as a host and a team is world-class and I think we've proven that at the World Cup.

"There is also a real appetite for basketball in Australia. The Boomers are potentially on the mantle of being Australia's team and people want to see them play in Australia."

The Boomers may have blown a golden chance to win a maiden men's medal at the World Cup with consecutive fade-outs against Spain and France but the global respect for Australia's program remains strong.

Coten said this was evident throughout the Cup when several nations approached him about the Boomers' setup and the nation's impressive junior base at all levels of the game.

"The other countries want to understand how a country of only 25 million people can have success," he said.

"I've had a lot of questions from countries like Egypt, to the Europeans to the Americans wanting to know what they can learn from our system and program.

"We are very committed to helping FIBA grow the sport and bringing more World Cup events to Australia.

"One of the things that we want to do is increase the popularity of the sport in Australia, which has gone through the roof."

News Corp Australia


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