Today, Tuesday 22 September 2020 marks two years until the world’s best female basketballers, representing 12 countries, take to court in Sydney for the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.
The 19th edition of the global championship will be contested at two venues within Sydney Olympic Park from 22 September – 1 October 2022, with the Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals – currently ranked number two in the world – receiving automatic qualification as the tournament host.
Recently appointed CEO of the Local Organising Committee for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, Melissa King said, “Today marks an exciting milestone for this marquee sporting event, with two years until the eyes of the sporting world are focused on Sydney for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.
“Sydney has a proud and proven track record in delivering world-class events and in 2022, the city will provide the perfect stage on which to showcase the incredible talents of the athletes, coaches and officials involved in the women’s game.
“The 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup will set a new benchmark for the event both on and off the court, while creating a long-term legacy for women’s basketball in the region,” stated King.
The next ten days also marks two major milestones for Australian women’s basketball. This Thursday, September 24, celebrates 14 years since the Opals claimed gold at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women (now known as the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup) in Brazil; and September 30 signals the 20th Anniversary of the gold medal match featuring Australia and the USA at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Australia has previously hosted the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 1994 and in the six World Cups since, the Opals have medalled at five, reflecting the importance of the 1994 event in cultivating a legacy of elite success for Australian women’s basketball both at the senior and junior level.
“Since the 1994 event, our Women’s National Team has been arguably Australia’s most successful sporting team on the global stage, medalling at five Olympics and five World Cups,” explains Basketball Australia CEO, Jerril Rechter AM.
“Our Chemist Warehouse Opals and Under-19 women’s team are both currently ranked number two in the world, reflecting the strength in depth within our system as we enter two exciting years for Australian women’s basketball with the Tokyo Olympics and Sydney 2022.
“It’s our vision that hosting the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup will continue to build upon the high performance and participation legacy the 1994 event was a catalyst for, while presenting an unprecedented opportunity to drive the expansion of women’s basketball both here and abroad, and reinforcing Australia as a global leader in women’s sport,” concluded Rechter.
NSW 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.
“In welcoming the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, Sydney has once again reaffirmed its title as the nation’s sporting capital. From our world-class sporting facilities to the sights and lifestyle experiences, our city has so much to offer visitors and viewers from around the globe.”
“This event supports the NSW Government’s commitment to secure 10 World Cups in 10 years and will deliver a significant return for the NSW economy through visitation and profile,” Minister Ayres said.
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is supported by the NSW Government through tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, and the Office of Sport.