FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 “Slovenian National Team” led by NBA star Luka Doncic will participate in Okinawa group stage | Japan Basketball Association

In the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup​​​​​​​2023, which will open in August 2023 in the three countries of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan (Okinawa), the Slovenian national team, ranked 7th in the world, will competing in the Okinawa Arena (Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture) We are pleased to inform you that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has decided and announced that we will participate in the Japan round (Okinawa group stage).

Slovenia has an outstanding basketball IQ and is a participating country that attracts attention as a powerhouse with NBA star Luka Doncic, known as “Luka Magic” for his great passing skills. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will be held in 2021, he made a big jump to the top 4 despite his Olympic debut, such as scoring 48 points in one game, which is tied for second in Olympic history . . Last month, Luka Doncic announced to the National Basketball Association that he will participate in the 2023 World Cup.

FIBA ​​has been discussing the allocation of the participating countries with the three host countries from a promotional point of view. In addition to this, it was decided to allocate the USA team to the location of the Philippines, which had priority due to hosting the tournament final, a team Canada to the Indonesia location, and the Slovenian team to the Japan (Okinawa) location.
FIBA has said that this will not affect the fairness of any future competitions or drawing process.

In the Japan location (Okinawa), two groups will be held out of the “1st round” where the four countries will compete in a round-robin match, and the “2nd round” and the “ranking match” will be held where the four . countries that won the first round will compete. . It should be noted that the Slovenian national team in this decision has only been decided to belong to one of the two groups that will be held in the location in Japan (Okinawa) at the moment, and it has not been decided to be in the same group. a group like Japan.
Group allocations for all participating countries, including the location of Japan (Okinawa), will be decided by a draw held in Manila, Philippines on April 29th next year. The lottery method and various rules will be officially announced by FIBA​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​will be held in February and all 32 countries that are participating in the FIBA ​​World Cup participate are determined.

■ FIBA ​​decisions/announcements (=Positions for the group stages of the following countries)
○ Philippines Location: USA (2nd in the world ranking), Philippines (40th in the world ranking)
○ Indonesia Location: Canada (World Rank 15th)
○ Japan (Okinawa) Location: Slovenia (7th in the world), Japan (38th in the world)
Slovenia and Canada have qualified for the main draw. America is expected to participate in the next Window6.
All sites are in December 2022

■Comment from FIBA ​​Secretary General Andreas Zakris
“In August next year, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan will finally host the world’s biggest basketball festival, jointly sponsored by the three countries. It has been decided that the Slovenian national team will participate in the Okinawa Arena, which is the venue for Japan, together with the Japanese national team. The Slovenian national team has Luka Doncic, who is also active in the NBA, and is one of r the most popular teams among the countries participating in the World Cup. The Slovenian national team, along with the Japanese national team, is also a basketball fan throughout Japan. I believe it will give a big boost to Okinawa.
In addition, the FIBA ​​Central Council decided the choice of locations for some of the participating countries from a tournament promotion point of view. After prioritizing the location of the Philippines, which will host the group stage and the final tournament, we selected the participating countries for the two locations in Japan and Indonesia.
Everyone in Japan and Okinawa, next August, you will see the world’s top level players in Okinawa. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Okinawa Arena.”

■ About the Slovenian National Team
It joined FIBA ​​in 1992 after Slovenia became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991.
FIBA World Ranking 7th (as of December 2022).

○ Main results of major competitions

2006 Saitama Tournament 12th place (first appearance)
Turkey Tournament 2010 8th place
Spain Tournament 2014 7th
China Conference 2019 will not appear
* Already qualified for the 2023 World Cup next summer

2021 Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (4th place)
* 48 points per game by Luka Doncic is the highest score per game among all players. Selected for the top 5 of the competition

6th in 2005
6th in 2005
7th in 2007
4 in 2009
7th in 2011
5th in 2013
2017 winner
* Goran Dragic wins MVP and is selected for the top 5 of the tournament
Luka Doncic was selected for the top 5 of the tournament
6 in 2022
* Luka Doncic’s 47 points per game is the highest score per game among all players.

■ Overview of the conference
nameFIBA Basketball World Cup 2023
timetableAugust 25th (Friday) to September 10 (Sunday), 2023
The host countryPhilippines, Indonesia, Japan (Okinawa)
* The Okinawa group stage will be held in the above three countries,
The final tournament will be held in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
appearance country* As of December 2022, 17 of the 32 participating countries have already decided to participate.
Asia Zone (8 Eligible Slots): Australia / New Zealand / China / Japan* / Philippines* / Lebanon
AFRICA ZONE (5th place): Ivory Coast
US ZONE (slot 7): Canada
EUROPE ZONE (12 Qualification Slots): Latvia / Germany / Finland / Italy / Spain / Slovenia / France
/ Greece / Lithuania
There is a star

after the name of the country indicates participation in the host country’s quota.location of Japan

Okinawa Arena (1-16-1 Yamauchi, Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture)
■ Ticket information
Currently, Okinawa group stage tickets are only on sale with a 2-day pass.

Other ticket information will be announced after the draw for the pairings held in Manila, Philippines on April 29.▼ Ticket site

* Sales will end as soon as the number of sales reaches the maximum limit