The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has added Poland as a host nation for the 2025 edition of its EuroBasket tournament, alongside Latvia, Cyprus and Finland.
Poland’s host city will be confirmed at the November session of the FIBA Europe board.
In March, FIBA announced that Latvia, Cyprus and Finland would host games at the 2025 EuroBasket. As an act of solidarity to Ukraine following its invasion by Russia, FIBA had also decided to continue exclusive discussions with the country over its potential hosting of group-stage games, but these will now be held in Poland.
FIBA said in a statement that Ukraine had been a frontrunner to co-host the tournament but its board decided to award the rights to Poland, which was an alternative back-up. FIBA EuroBasket 2025 will take place in September of that year, with exact dates to be announced at a later stage.
Latvia will host the final phase of the competition, as well as one of the groups in the group phase, while Cyprus and Finland will each host one group. Poland will now host the fourth group.
This year’s EuroBasket, which had been due to take place in 2021, was co-hosted by Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy and Germany and ran from September 1-18. The previous event took place in 2017 in four cities across Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey.
FIBA Europe president Turgay Demirel said: “We introduced the multiple-host model for FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and it has proved a resounding success in every edition since then, culminating in the 2022 edition that (concluded) here in Berlin.
“There were already three exceptional hosts in place for the 2025 tournament and it is the view of the board that the Polish candidacy made for the ideal final addition to this winning team.”