The latest milestone ahead of FIBA’s flagship event for men will feature ceremonies attended by high-ranking officials from FIBA, Tissot, city and government officials, local organizers as well as players and other celebrities. The festivities in all three co-hosting nations will include an array of activities as the world gets ready for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 which tips off next year on August 25.
“This is an exciting milestone to be celebrating. There are only 365 days to go before we witness a historic FIBA Basketball World Cup – the first to be hosted by multiple nations,” said FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis.
“We are excited to be working with three host countries, each of which is looking forward to soon having fans from around the world come to their country. Thanks to our long-standing partner Tissot for supplying the Countdown Clocks and our continued partnership with them. The celebrations in all three nations will surely be enjoyed by all, and now fans know exactly how many days, hours, minutes and seconds are left before basketball’s marque event tips off.”
Japan is the first to reveal the Countdown Clock on August 25 in Tenbusu Naha Plaza in Naha City. Special guests and dignitaries at the ceremony were Yuko Mitsuya, President of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Organizing Committee of Japan and Japanese Basketball Association President; Nobutoshi Higoshi, Vice-Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Japan; Heidi Chu, Tissot, Swatch Group Japan President and Representative Director; the Director of Okinawa Prefecture; the Governors of Okinawa City, Naha City, Ginowan City and Chatan Town, as well as Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games silver medallist from the women’s Japanese national team, Evelyn Mawuli.
Sylvain Dolla, Tissot CEO said: “We are proud to be able to play such an important role as Official Timekeeper in this international sport. Basketball underlines our dynamic nature and our values of precision and performance. Offering exclusive services to the World Cup and celebrating this key moment also give our customers an additional reason to be proud of their commitment to Tissot and also reinforces our longstanding partnership with FIBA.”
The Japanese celebrations will continue on August 27 in Okinawa City with special events and cultural exhibitions, and also on August 28 in Naha City with a special milestone celebration that will include various basketball activities, fun games and other festivities.
“We are very excited to have the Countdown Clocks unveiling as it means we are that much closer to welcoming fans from around the world to Japan for this great event,” said Yuko Mitsuya, President of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Organizing Committee of Japan and Japanese Basketball Association President.
Indonesia’s Countdown Clock festivities will take place on August 28 at the Bundaran HI, one of the striking landmarks which dominate Jakarta’s cityscape.
JIP, the World Cup 2023 mascot will also be in attendance to celebrate this milestone. These festivities will be another chance for the fans to meet the event’s mascot, whose name was recently selected by fans from around the world.
The One Year To Go milestone also marks the launch of the second phase of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 ticket sales with final round packages becoming available. For more information on tickets click here.