The confirmation was made during the FIBA's Executive Committee convened meeting on Tuesday 7 June.
Moving forward with the process, FIBA will send requests for expression of interest to all of its national member federations this month. Those wishing to be taken into consideration must confirm their interest by 31 August. Following the Applicant Phase and the Candidate Phase, FIBA's Central Board will ultimately announce the host(s) of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 at its end-of-year meeting in 2017.
The Executive Committee received reports on the status of FIBA’s regional offices. It gave the green light to the construction of new headquarters for FIBA Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, while also approving the project of establishing operation offices of FIBA in Singapore to assist more directly the development of ASEAN countries.
The 2023 World Cup has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after the Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries at a meeting held in March.
Fiba last month announced that Shanghai has replaced Suzhou as one of eight host cities for its 2019 World Cup in China. Shanghai joins Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan and capital Beijing as host cities for the event.
China’s plans for the World Cup outline that the event will be held in more host cities than ever before. Fiba awarded the hosting rights in August, with China defeating a rival bid from the Philippines.
Spain hosted the most recent edition of the World Cup in 2014, with the United States defeating Serbia 129-92 in the gold medal game.