2011 FIBA U19 World Championships go to Latvia and Chile

2011 FIBA U19 World Championships go to Latvia and Chile

The FIBA Central Board on Saturday assigned the organisation of the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships for men and women to Latvia (Men) and Chile (Women).

Latvia staged a very successful EuroBasket Women tournament in 2009. The U19 men's event will be played in the same facilities as in 2009 in Liepaja, Valmiera and Riga from 30th June to 10th July 2011.

The bid from Chile was presented by federation President Miguel Herrera. The hosting cities will be Talcahuano, Puerto Monnt, Puerto Varas, Valdivia and Vina del Mar from 20th - 30th July 2011.

Both bids were unanimously approved by the Board.

Australia's U19 men's and women's teams, the Emus and Gems, will attempt to qualify for the world championships via the 2010 FIBA Oceania U19 Championships from September 17-19 in New Zealand.