The International Basketball Federation FIBA has announced the selection of Egypt to host of the U-19 Basketball World Championship in 2017
According to the announcement, which was made on Saturday, Egypt edged out Italy, Latvia and Israel to the tournament’s hosting rights.
It is worth noting that the three countries tried to oust Egypt from the running earlier on, especially citing the absence of fans from stadiums in the recent years as the reason for a possible exclusion.
Matches will take place at the Cairo International Stadium covered complex, in Nasr City.
The tournament will be the first of its kind to take place in an African city.
Meanwhile, FIBA also announced the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women will take place in Zaragoza, Spain.
This summer’s FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women will be played jointly for the first time ever – as part of a youth world basketball festival – from 22 June-3 July. This comes after FIBA endorsed the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB)’s proposal of having a unique and innovative sporting event that combines all the elements most attractive to youth basketball players – competition, fun, shared experience, music and technology.
Here are the countries that qualified and will compete in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women:
MEN (23 June-3 July)
Africa: Egypt, Mali
Americas: USA, Canada, Argentina, Dominican Republic
Asia: Korea, Chinese Taipei, China
Europe: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lithuania, Turkey, France, Finland
WOMEN (22 June-2 July)
Africa: Mali, Nigeria
Americas: Canada, Brazil, USA, Mexico
Asia: China, Japan, Korea
Europe: Czech Republic, Portugal, Italy, Latvia, France