Multi-country bids again welcome as EuroBasket hosts sought
FIBA Europe, the governing body for basketball in Europe, today invited its member countries to express interest in hosting the EuroBasket and Women’s EuroBasket, its European Championships, in 2021.
Letters of interest for either event should be sent by mid-January, FIBA Europe said, following an extraordinary session in Munich on Monday.
Full details of the bidding process have still to be confirmed, but the submission of formal bids and evaluation will take place between mid-January and June 2019, before the board votes to decided the hosts in July of next year.
The process was approved at the meeting attended by FIBA Europe president Turgay Demirel, FIBA president Horacio Muratore, FIBA executive director Europe Kamil Novak and new FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis.
FIBA Europe said that it will consider single-nation bids for the EuroBasket and Women’s EuroBasket, but also multi-country hosting after the “astounding success” of the last few events in the format, with multiple hosts having been permitted from 2015 onwards.
Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia were the joint hosts of the 2015 EuroBasket, with Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey combining last year.
In 2015, the Women’s EuroBasket was hosted jointly by Hungary and Romania, and, after the Czech Republic was the sole host in 2017, Latvia and Serbia will share the honour next year.
Under the new FIBA calendar, EuroBasket, which comprises 24 teams, is now held every four years, as opposed to two years in the past, while the 16-team Women's EuroBasket remains a biennial affair.
In other developments, FIBA Europe confirmed the award of the 2019 FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the U16 Women’s European Championship to Skopje in Macedonia and the U20 Women’s European Championship Division B to Prishtina in Kosovo.