Qatar will once again host the World Cup.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has selected Qatar to host the 2027 World Cup for men. It was not specified whether there were additional bidders.
FIBA announced that Doha will host the entire 32-team tournament, citing the completion of enhanced subway and public transportation networks for the men’s soccer World Cup in November and December of 2014.
During an enormous, 12-year construction project to prepare for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar was heavily criticized for its treatment of migrant workers who were essential to the construction effort.
When announcing its decision on the eve of the 2023 tournament draw, FIBA made no mention of labor or human rights issues.
The next World Cup will be held in Qatar.
The governing body based in Switzerland stated, “With all teams playing in the same city, fans can plan everything in advance and enjoy a unique experience as all venues are within 30 minutes of each other.” In addition, all venues for FIBA’s premier men’s event have already been built, and widespread use of green technologies will contribute to the carbon-neutrality of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how labor issues influenced its decision.
The 89th-ranked Qatar team will automatically qualify as the host. Qatar last competed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where it lost all five of its encounters.
Germany will host the 2026 Women’s World Cup in Berlin, as determined by FIBA on Friday. The 16-team competition will be held in Berlin.
Qatar is the third Asian country in a row to host the men’s tournament. The Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia will host the event from August 25 to September 12 this year. The defending champion is Spain.
The FIFA World Cup marked the apex of Qatar’s sporting hospitality, but it was not the end. The basketball World Cup will be one of its main events prior to hosting the Asian Games in 2030, which will utilize some of the soccer World Cup-built stadiums.
Qatar’s long-term objective is to host the Olympics, but the next available Summer Games are not until 2036, as 2028 and 2032 have already been selected.
Doha was preparing a bid for the 2032 Olympics when the International Olympic Committee moved swiftly to select Brisbane.
Included among the 100 IOC members is the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who entered the Olympic body in 2002 at the age of 22 and was one of its youngest members ever.
Doha attempted to compete for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, but the IOC denied it candidate status. The biggest obstacle was the IOC’s insistence that the games be hosted in July and August, when temperatures in Doha routinely exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).