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[JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Draw Unveiled

Japan is one of four Group E squads in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, and coach Tom Hovasse's team will play Germany, Finland and Australia in the first round.

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Former Argentine basketball star Luis Scola draws tickets with German basketball legend Dirk Nowitzki during the draw ceremony of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Quezon City, Metro Manila, on April 29. (Lisa Marie David/REUTERS)

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The draw for the 32-nation 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup was revealed on Saturday night, April 29 in Manila.

Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia are co-hosts for the global basketball extravaganza, which tips off on August 25 in three nations and wraps up on September 10 in the Filipino capital.

Reigning champion Spain, the world's top-ranked men's national team, has been assigned to Group G, which will play games at Jakarta's Indonesia Arena. (See below for information on Group H, also to be played in Jakarta.)

The rest of Group G includes Brazil (ranked 13th in the world), Iran (22) and Ivory Coast (42).

Okinawa Arena is set to host Group E and Group F.

The 36th-ranked Japan men's national team, guided by head coach Tom Hovasse, is in Group E. Akatsuki Japan, whose tournament roster is expected to include NBA players Yuta Watanabe and Rui Hachimura, will face Australia (3), Germany (11) and Finland (24) in the first round.

Here's the order of those matchups: Japan-Germany, Japan-Finland and Japan Australia, on August 25, 27 and 29, respectively.

Check out the full FIBA Basketball World Cup schedule on the FIBA website.

A general view of the draw ceremony of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. (Lisa Marie David/REUTERS)

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FIBA World Cup Ambassador Luis Scola holds the ticket of Philippines during the draw ceremony. (Lisa Marie David/REUTERS)

For Group F, Slovenia (7), Venezuela (17), Georgia (32) and Cape Verde (64) are the four teams. Cape Verde, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, will compete in the FIBA World Cup for the first time.

FIBA President Hamane Niang and FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis were among the dignitaries at the festivities at Araneta Coliseum.

First-Round FIBA Basketball World Cup Matches in Manila

Manila will host Groups A, B, C and D, with the first two at Araneta Coliseum and the other two at Mall of Asia Arena (MoA Arena).

Here's a look at Manila's four groups:

  • Group A: Italy (10), the Dominican Republic (23), the Philippines (40) and Angola (41). Italy placed fourth in 1970 and '78.
  • Group B: Serbia (6), Puerto Rico (20), China (27) and South Sudan (62, also a first-time participant). Serbia was the World Cup runner-up in 2014.
  • Group C: United States (2), Greece (9), New Zealand (26) and Jordan (33). Team USA won World Cup titles in 2010 and 2014, then slipped to seventh in 2019.
  • Group D: Lithuania (8), Montenegro (18), Mexico (31) and Egypt (55). Lithuania placed ninth at the 2019 tourney.

As noted above, Group H will also be held in Jakarta. The teams: France (5), Canada (15), Latvia (29) and Lebanon (43).

Former Spain national team star Jorge Garbajosa holds the Naismith Trophy, which is awarded to the FIBA World Cup champion, during the ceremony on April 29 . (Lisa Marie David/REUTERS)

Japan's FIBA Hosting History

Before the tourney was renamed the FIBA Basketball World Cup and expanded to its present size, it was known as the FIBA World Championship. In 2006, Japan hosted the 24-nation tournament. The opening round was held in four cities (Hamamatsu, Hiroshima, Sapporo and Sendai). And then the remainder of the competition was staged at Saitama Super Arena.

Spain captured its first world title in 2006, defeating Greece in the final.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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