Australia now knows who they will join at the FIBA Under 19 Basketball World Cups to be contested later this year, with FIBA confirming the participating nations.
Featuring 16 national teams each, the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2021 in Latvia and the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup will see a total of 22 different National Federations represented this summer between them.
Qualification for both events was impacted by the suspension of FIBA competitions last year, with only African teams booking their spots directly via continental championships.
Mali and Senegal qualified for the men’s competition at the FIBA U18 African Championship 2020, while Egypt and Mali secured qualification for the women’s tournament as the top teams at the FIBA U18 Women’s African Championship 2020, with both events held in December 2020.
Continental youth championships did not take place in other regions last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the FIBA World Rankings, presented by Nike for Youth Men and Youth Women were used to determine the other teams qualified for the respective FIBA U19 Basketball World Cups.
Scheduled to take place from July 3-11, 2021, the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup will be organized in the Latvian cities of Riga and Daugavpils, while Debrecen, Hungary will host the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup from August 7-15, 2021.
The dates of the draws for both competitions will be confirmed at a later stage.
FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2021
Location: Daugavpils and Riga, Latvia
Dates: July 3-11, 2021
Africa: Mali; Senegal
Americas: USA; Canada; Argentina; Puerto Rico
Asia/Oceania: Australia; China; Korea; Japan
Europe: Spain; France; Lithuania; Turkey; Serbia; Latvia (host)
FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2021
Location: Debrecen, Hungary
Dates: August 7-15, 2021
Africa: Egypt; Mali
Americas: USA; Canada; Brazil; Argentina
Asia/Oceania: Australia; China; Japan; Korea
Europe: Spain; France; Italy; Russia; Czech Republic; Hungary (host)
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