Shenzhen set to host World Cup bound teams in FIBA Solidarity Cup
SHENZHEN (China) - Five national teams bound for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will be facing off against each other in the FIBA Solidarity Cup from 20-21 August in Shenzhen, China as part of their preparations for the main event.
The teams involved in the FIBA Solidarity Cup are Brazil, Italy, New Zealand, Serbia, and hosts China. The games will be played at the Baoan District Gymnasium
The games begin on 20 August with Italy and Brazil tipping things off. That will be followed by China going up against Serbia.
The second day of the event on 21 August starts with Italy facing New Zealand and ends with Serbia going up against Brazil.
With the World Cup beginning 25 August, these games will serve as a final look at the teams before the real games begin.
Italy, Serbia, China, and New Zealand will all be headed to Manila for the Group Phase of the World Cup. Italy are in Group A, Serbia and China are in Group B, while New Zealand are in Group C.
Brazil, on the other hand, will travel to Jakarta for their Group Phase campaign as they start off in Group G.
Each team will be heading into Shenzhen with other preparation games completed.
China and Italy play at Trentino Cup in Italy from 4-5 August. China then travels to Germany to play at the Basketball SuperCup from 12-13 August where New Zealand are also set to take court. Meanwhile, Italy go to Greece to play in the Acropolis Tournament where Serbia will also be playing.
Brazil play at the Boomers vs the World campaign from 14-17 August in Melbourne.
Both Italy (13 August) and Serbia (16 August) will face Puerto Rico.
New Zealand also have a pair of friendlies against Japan in Ota City on 12 and 14 August.