By Sunny Edobor, with Agency report
FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, along with Connor Sports and Schelde Sports, FIBA’s official technical suppliers, have unveiled the custom-made courts and backstop units that will be used at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 across the host cities.
With 92 matches being played across Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan and Dongguan, each court has been produced by international hardwood court market leader Connor Sports.
ll eight courts are branded with the vibrant FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 colors on the unique portable QuickLock™ wooden courts, the same product that the NBA and also the NCAA utilize.
Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General said, “Premium quality equipment is crucial for the game of basketball. As FIBA, we must ensure that our players and referees are on the best court possible and our fans on both ends of the screen have a pleasant visual experience. We are very happy to continue these partnerships with Connor Sports and Schelde Sports and thank them for their contribution to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.”
“Connor Sports is extremely pleased to provide eight custom courts for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China and to be part of this historic international basketball event,” said Benjamin Bachman, CEO of Connor Sports. “This prestigious event will feature the best players in the world and capture the interest of basketball fans around the globe and we have delivered the highest quality courts possible to provide world class competitive surfaces.”
Schelde Sports, who is the official supplier of backstop units for FIBA’s top level international competitions until 2020, as well as a founding partner of the FIBA Equipment & Venue Centre is supplying 48 Super Sam 325 backstop units to each of the host cities for both competition and training courts. Each basketball unit is branded in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 colors and has a special look and design.
Bart Prinssen, Managing Director of Schelde Sports said today, “Schelde Sports is extremely proud to supply and service the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China with our basketball backstops, which have all been assembled in China for this occasion. We believe that FIBA and the Local Organizing Committee are bringing the World Cup to an unprecedented level for both the players and fans around the world.”
Both Schelde Sports and Connor Sports were official suppliers of the previous FIBA Basketball World Cup held in Spain in 2014 as well as numerous other FIBA events and will be used at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.