Secretary-General of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) HE Jassim bin Rashid al- Buainain, who is also the Chairman of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qatar 2027 bid committee, confirmed that Qatar's winning of hosting the tournament is an extension of the series of achievements achieved by the country in all fields, expressing his pride in hosting the tournament for the first time in the region.
In a statement, the QOC secretary-general said Qatar is capable of hosting a very special edition, given its modern infrastructure, massive sports facilities and an advanced transportation network, in addition to human experiences and knowledge and cultural heritage.
He promised to host an unforgettable tournament and create the best conditions and atmosphere for guests, teams and fans in the first edition in the region. He congratulated the wise leadership on the achievement, thanks to the directives of HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani and efforts of everyone. He added the committee was proud to host the FIBA World Cup for the first time in the region, given Qatar's commitment to sports and the strategic vision of the committee for 2023-2030 on hosting the world's major sporting events.
He also noted the great legacy the country possesses after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in addition to modern infrastructure, sports facilities, and an advanced transportation network, that give a good account of the country and the region, especially with Doha gearing up to organise a number of sporting events, most notably the World Judo Championships this month, the 2024 World Aquatics Championships, and the 2030 Asian Games.
He added that winning the right to host the competition reflects the trust of international sports organisations in Qatar's ability to host major sporting events, as evident by its spectacular organisation of the FIFA World Cup last year.
He added the committee will work hard to ensure the FIBA World Cup plays a role in enhancing sustainable development, in line with the new strategy of the Qatar Olympic Committee 2023-2030, which is based on five main areas: sports excellence, sports legacy, sports sustainability, sports culture, and institutional excellence.
For his part, President of Qatar Basketball Federation Mohammed Saad Almeghaiseeb said hosting the FIBA World Cup would be a historic achievement in the history of Qatari basketball. He noted that the sport has seen great development and that the Qatari edition of the competition “will inspire future generations to play the sport”. He added that the federation looks forward to welcoming players, fans, and officials in 2027 to take part in FIBA World Cup and celebrate basketball, expressing gratitude to Qatar Olympic Committee and the government for their support.
The participation of 32 teams in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 will be an opportunity for the fans to enrich their experience and attend a larger number of matches compared to previous editions of the tournament over the past 20 years.
Qatar will host Asia's third consecutive FIBA World Cup after the 2019 edition was held in China, while the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia will jointly host the 2023 edition next summer.
HE Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, Secretary-General, Qatar Olympic Committee