This year Latvia will host the U19 FIBA World Championship, according to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
The 16-team tournament will take place from 3 to 11 July in Riga and Daugavpils.
Previously, Latvia was one of the organizers of Eurobasket 2015 and the women’s Eurobasket 2019, and also hosted the qualification games of the European Women’s Championship 2021.
President of the Latvian Basketball Association Raymond Vejonis said:
“The Latvian Basketball Association highly appreciates the trust that FIBA has shown us in organizing the U19 FIBA World Championship in 2021, especially at such a difficult time. I am confident that our previous experience in organizing high-level international tournaments and the professionalism and hospitality of the Latvian basketball community will ensure the success of the competition.
The safety of all participants will be our priority, so we will act in accordance with the highest standards of epidemiological safety. I very much hope that the pandemic will recede by summer and our guests will be able to appreciate not only the quality of our hotels and gyms, but also the nature and culture of Latvia ”.
All health and safety measures required from local and national authorities, as well as the FIBA Protocol to Return to Basketball during COVID-19 for Official FIBA National Teams and Club Competitions, developed by the FIBA Medical Advisory Group (MAG) in conjunction with the World health organization (WHO) will be implemented.
At the previous FIBA Basketball World Championship U19, the United States won the competition for the seventh time in its history, beating Mali in the final 93-79. Mali made history as the first African country to take part in the FIBA U19 Final. In 2019, the champions were awarded a new basketball trophy in the shape of a rising star in Greece.
Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.
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