Sunny Irabor, Lagos
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw, presented by Wanda, took place in front of 8,000 spectators at Shenzhen Bay Arena on Saturday evening.
The draw sets out the path for the 32 participating teams in their journey to be crowned world champions when FIBA’s flagship competition concludes on September 15.
Global sporting icon and World Cup Ambassador Kobe Bryant, together with American best-selling singer/songwriter Jason Derulo, headlined the star-studded event.
The milestone event on the Road to China 2019 took place under the watchful eye of FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and representatives from the 32 participating national teams, including Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) President Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian, captain of the Chinese team. They were joined by members of FIBA’s Executive Committee and Central Board, as well as by high-ranking officials from the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and representatives from the eight host cities.
The competition’s schedule will be available shortly. Go to worldcup.basketball for complete information and coverage of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Tickets for the World Cup went on sale earlier this month with the launch of the Team Pass. Following the draw, all 32 teams know their opponents in the First Round of the Group Phase and in which city they will play their games. Fans and supporters interested in purchasing tickets to watch their teams should visit worldcup.basketball/tickets.