The FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup official logo was revealed on Thursday at the Malaga City Council.
The tournament will be played in Malaga, Spain from July 2-10, 2022.
The ceremony was presided by the President of the Spanish Basketball Federation Jorge Garbajosa who said they have the confidence that the event will be held successfully.
“We hope to organize this year in Malaga the best FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup in history and we are sure that the confidence that FIBA has placed in our federation will continue to grow after the completion of this tournament,” said Garbajosa.
The ceremony was attended by also attended by the Mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre, the Sports City Councilor of Malaga Noelia Losada, and the Secretary-General for Sports of the Junta de Andalucia Jose Maria Arrabal.
The FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup logo was designed based on the artistic influence of the southern Spanish province, in particular, expressionism art. Meanwhile, the use of green and purple was inspired by the main colors of the province flag of Malaga.
Malaga is one of the biggest cities in Spain. The city is accelerating its efforts to become a prime destination for sports tourism and serving as host for a premier youth event like the U17 World Cup will only help in that aspect.
Sixteen teams will compete for the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup title next year in Spain. Twelve teams have already qualified for the event and include Egypt, Mali, USA, Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Slovenia. Four teams from Asia/Oceania are yet to qualify and will do so via the FIBA U16 Asian Championship to be held next year.
The defending champions are the USA who won their 5th straight title back in 2018 in Argentina.
The event was to be hosted in Spain but following a request from the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), the change of location of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 was confirmed by the FIBA Executive Committee that the event will take place in the region of Malaga, Spain, from July 2 to 10, 2022.
The FEB was awarded the hosting rights of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 in November last year. The federation has been assigned multiple events by FIBA’s Central Board as part of the world basketball governing body’s multi-year hosting model and will also host the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2023 in Madrid.
The 2022 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup will be an international basketball competition held in Malaga, Spain. It will be the seventh edition of the FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup. Sixteen national teams will compete in the tournament. Originally planned to be played at La Nucia and Alicante, it was moved to Malaga on 22 October 2021.