One of the main sporting events of 2023 will be the FIBA Basketball World Cup for men, which will take place in August and September. The Baltic region will be represented by two teams for the first time – Lithuania and Latvia. Let’s look at the draw results for both teams.
This year, the final tournament of the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held from August 25th to September 10th. The tournament will be hosted by three countries – the Philippines, Japan, and Malaysia. 32 national teams have qualified for the final tournament.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will be historic for the Baltic region. Both teams from this region will participate in the final tournament for the first time. For Lithuania, participation in this tournament has become a regular occurrence as it will be their fifth time, while it will be Latvia’s debut. Estonia has never reached the final tournament of the World Cup.
The Latvian national team made an impressive breakthrough in the qualification cycle, securing their place in the final tournament. They won several consecutive games and sparked a basketball frenzy in the country. Let’s look at the draw results for the Latvian team.
The Latvian national team was drawn into Group H in the upcoming World Cup, where they will face France, Canada, and Lebanon. Although the Latvian team is not considered a favorite in the championship, they have their strengths, such as experience, talented players, and head coach Lucas Bańka. They will have to fight for the second place in the group, which will not be an easy task.
Unlike Latvia, the Lithuanian team is already accustomed to participating in the final tournaments of the World Cup. For them, the upcoming tournament will be their sixth in history and fifth in a row. The Lithuanian team has had various achievements in past tournaments, including a third-place finish in 2010.
The chances of the Lithuanian team to perform well at the 2023 World Cup are considered higher than those of Latvia. Lithuania will start the tournament in Group D, where their opponents will be the teams from Egypt, Montenegro, and Mexico. The Lithuanian team always competes with ambition and strives for success in the playoffs, but they will have to overcome strong competition already in the group stage. They also face roster issues due to injuries to several key players.
Thus, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will be interesting for the Baltic region, and the national teams of Lithuania and Latvia will compete for high results in their respective groups, but each team has its challenges, including roster and player injuries.