The Australian Opals were runners up in the 2018 event in Spain and will now have the opportunity to go one better when Sydney Olympic Park hosts the esteemed international tournament in September and October 2022, bringing together 12 nations for 38 games in the harbour city.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said it would be the first time Australia has hosted a FIBA World Cup event in 25 years.
“Sydney will provide a fantastic backdrop for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, from our world-class sporting facilities to the sights and lifestyle experiences our Harbour City has to offer visitors and viewers from around the globe,” Minister Ayres said.
“This event supports the NSW Government’s commitment to secure 10 World Cups in 10 years and will deliver a significant return for the NSW economy through visitation and profile.
“I have no doubt the Australian public will strongly support the tournament and, as a nation with a proud multicultural community, I’m sure all the participating nations will feel right at home in Sydney during this major event.”
The decision was made by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board overnight. As the host nation, the Australian Opals will compete against 11 of the best teams from across FIBA’s regions – Asia & Oceania, Americas, Africa and Europe.
Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said NSW has a proud history of hosting international women’s sports events.
“I’m thrilled Sydney is hosting the biggest event in women’s basketball and I can’t wait to see the world’s best players in our backyard,” Mr Lee said.
“The 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup will help grow the sport in NSW particularly at the grassroots level, while giving fans a major event to look forward to.”
Member for Ku-ring-gai and Parliamentary Friends of Basketball Chair Alister Henskens said it was a privilege for Sydney to host the 2022 Women’s World Cup.
“What a coup for NSW’s basketball-loving community to have the most prestigious tournament played right here in our backyard – it will be an incredible event for spectators and a real motivator for the next generation of NSW basketball stars,” Mr Henskens said.
Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Jerril Rechter said fans would see some of the world’s best players compete during the 10 days of the tournament.
“The fact that Australia was selected to host this incredible competition is a testament to the outstanding caliber of basketball talent in our country, the tireless work of our players, coaches and administrators and the passion Australians have for the game,” Ms Rechter said.