Xi'an to hold FIBA World Basketball Summit 2018 in October
XI'AN, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Xi'an will be the capital of basketball in October as the FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup will be held in parallel with the FIBA World Basketball Summit 2018.
"We will try our best to ensure the two world basketball events are remarkable and excellcent," Xu Peng, the deputy director of Shaanxi provincial sports bureau said on Thursday.
The FIBA World Basketball Summit 2018 will take place in Xi'an on October 3-4. Wang Libin, President of Shaanxi Province Basketball Association, told Xinhua that the two-day event will bring together a wide range of high-ranking personalities in world basketball and other related fields.
"FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, fromer NBA player and Russian Basketball Association Andrei Kirilenko, fromer NBA player Stephon Marbury, they will attend the Summit," Wang said.
"There will be some mystery guests, of course. The attenders will plan and prospect the future development of world basketball. The Summit marks a significant milestone in the history of basketball's development," Wang added.
The FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup will compete in Xi'an on October 3-7. Twenty men and 20 women's teams of 33 nations and regions will meet in the hometown of the terracotta warriors and horses. Besides the team events, there will be three individual contests: the Shoot-Out Contest (mixed), the Skills Contest (women) and the Dunk Contest (men).
"Besides its glorious past, Xi'an is a metropolis that has a lot in common with 3x3, in terms of being modern, dynamic and spectacular," Wang said.
"3x3 world elites' clashes will help expand the popularity of basketball all over China," Wang said.