FIBA and Sport Singapore have signed a three-year partnership to bring the FIBA Intercontinental Cup to Asia for the first time, with Singapore hosting this year’s event.
The 33rd edition of the event will be staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from September 21 to 24.
Andreas Zagklis, secretary general, FIBA, shared that Singapore boasts a melting pot of cultures, making it the ideal host destination to serve as a launchpad into the future era of global club basketball.
Conceived with the vision of a competition that would unite different cultures through basketball, the FIBA Intercontinental Cup was first held in 1966 and has since become an event where clubs from all over the world compete in.
The September event will see the field of contenders expand from four to six teams, with a Chinese club, jointly selected by FIBA and the Chinese Basketball Association, joining four teams representing the same four continental leagues as in the past two editions. The sixth participant will be announced later by FIBA.
“The FIBA Intercontinental Cup is an important showcase for top club teams from outside the NBA and reflects the strength of professional basketball leagues around the world,” said NBA deputy commissioner and COO, Mark Tatum.
Toh Boon Yi, deputy CEO, Sport Singapore, commented: “Building on the success of the FIBA 3X3 Asia Cup 2022, which will return for another edition this month, we are happy to host the FIBA Intercontinental Cup that will treat fans here to world-class high-impact basketball action.”
Quek Swee Kuan, CEO, Singapore Sports Hub, added: “Hosting the FIBA Intercontinental Cup reaffirms Singapore Sports Hub’s position as a premier destination for sporting events in the Asia-Pacific. We look forward to welcoming the teams, officials and fans to the Singapore Sports Hub for exciting hoop action this September.”