FIBA Intercontinental Cup to interrupt new floor with 2022 version going down in Egypt
The subsequent version of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup is ready to mark a landmark within the historical past of the competitors which began 56 years in the past, as will probably be held in February 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, going down in an African nation for the primary time.
The occasion is poised to additional improve its distinctive transatlantic standing by additionally changing into the primary membership competitors in basketball historical past to characteristic contenders that can be representing 4 totally different regional leagues.
Zamalek SC of Cairo, contemporary off being topped champions of the inaugural Basketball Africa League marketing campaign, will attain one other milestone by changing into the primary African membership to compete within the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
Reigning FIBA Intercontinental Cup champions and Basketball Champions League 2020-21 winners Hereda San Pablo Burgos are headlining the sector of contributors, seeking to turn into the primary membership to win back-to-back Intercontinental Cup trophies since fellow Spaniards Actual Madrid achieved the feat in 1997.
Brazil’s Flamengo had been topped Basketball Champions League Americas 2020-21 champions and can be returning to the Intercontinental Cup after three years, once they reached the Last at residence in Rio de Janeiro however misplaced to AEK Athens.
Lakeland Magic, theOrlando Magic affiliate that clinched the NBA G League title in 2020-21, can be making their first look within the intercontinental contest, selecting the baton from fellow G League golf equipment Austin Spurs and Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
“We’re very excited and looking out ahead to this actually historic second, when the FIBA Intercontinental Cup will happen in Africa and can characteristic an African membership,” commented FIBA Secretary Common Andreas Zagklis.
“The 2022 occasion will mark a turning level for the competitors and it’s one other essential step in the direction of fulfilling FIBA’s strategic goal of shaping the panorama of worldwide membership competitions,” Mr. Zagklis added.
The massive occasion, hosted by the Egyptian Basketball Federation on the Hassan Mostafa Sports activities Corridor in Cairo, will tip off on Friday, February 11, 2022 with the 2 Semi-Finals and conclude on Sunday, February 13, 2022 with the Last and the Third-Place sport.
“It’s an honor to host the FIBA Intercontinental Cup and it’s a proud event for Egyptian sport and for the Egyptian Basketball Federation,” mentioned Mr. Magdy Abofrekha, President of the Egyptian Basketball Federation.
“Organizing this competitors is a brand new step in the direction of proving our capacity to as soon as once more host international occasions, as we hosted the FIBA U19 World Cup in 2017 and lots of different worldwide tournaments. We’re trying ahead to assembly our mates in Cairo and witnessing an historic occasion collectively.”
The 2022 version additionally marks a return to the four-team format that was efficiently reinstated in 2019. In 2021 the FIBA Intercontinental Cup was performed in a single-game Last, as FIBA tailored the format as a result of pandemic. The Last was held in Buenos Aires and Burgos defeated Argentina’s Quimsa 82-73 to elevate the trophy.
Actual Madrid are essentially the most profitable membership in competitors historical past having gained the title on 5 events, the latest one being their 2015 success over Brazil’s Bauru, in Sao Paulo.
The draw of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup 2022 will happen early subsequent yr.