FIBA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers Latest News & Update: Pippen, Gaze, Kirilenko and Yi bring star power to Official Draw Ceremony

Pippen, Gaze, Kirilenko and Yi  | FIBA

Pippen, Gaze, Kirilenko and Yi | FIBA

Four basketball stars will lend a hand at Sunday’s Official Draw Ceremony for the Qualifiers taking place at the landmark Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China.

Former USA and superstar , Australian scoring machine Andrew Gaze, Russian great and China national team stalwart will help determine the fate of the 80 teams competing in four regional qualifiers played across 6 qualifying windows between November 2017 and February 2019.

The national sides will do battle to be among the 31 joining hosts China at the first-ever 32-team edition of FIBA’s flagship event, taking place from August 31-September 15 2019.

Pippen is a 2-time Olympic gold medallist, a member of the USA’s famed Dream Team and also helped the win 6 in the 1990s.

Gaze, is a FIBA Hall of Fame Inductee (Class of 2013) who played for Australia’s Boomers at 4 FIBA and 5 Olympic Games and also won an NBA championship.

Kirilenko is a European champion and Olympic bronze medalist who enjoyed a 14-year NBA career.

Yi, one of China’s favourite sons, is a 3-time FIBA Asia Champion, who also has 4 Olympic Games appearances and will look to line out at his third FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019.

The Official Draw Ceremony begins at 20:00 local time (GMT+8) and consists of four separate draws – one for each region.

The order and times of these draws is as follows (all times local/GMT+8):

  • Europe (20:25)
  • Africa (20:50)
  • Americas (21:10)
  • Asia (21:35)

Here are the principles for each draw:

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 – Draw Principles

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 – African Qualifiers Draw Principles

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 – Americas Qualifiers Draw Principles

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 – Asian Qualifiers Draw Principles

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