Hong Kong Scores Basketball Federation’s First Mid-Term Congress on Road to China 2019

Representatives of basketball associations from close to 150 countries and regions attended FIBA’s first-ever mid-term congress in Hong Kong on 4-5 May.  The congress, which preceded the official qualifiers’ draw in Guangzhou for World Cup 2019 to take place in China, held discussions on FIBA’s four pillars, joined by industry heavyweights and former NBA star players. Let’s hear what they had to say about Hong Kong:

“Year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China and it is a very special moment for me to attend FIBA’s first-ever mid-term congress in Hong Kong. The congress raises the curtain on Road to China 2019 and presents great opportunities for both local and global basketball communities."
Yao Ming
President of the Chinese Basketball Association; former NBA Star

“Hong Kong is the ideal destination: the city’s safety puts us at ease; it is strategically located in close proximity to Guangzhou, China, where the Official Draw Ceremony for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers is to be hosted, and it has expertise in this type of congress.” 
Horacio Muratore
FIBA President

The formal congress agenda was supplemented with the city’s culture-rich components that included a rickshaw photo-op, first-hand experience in chopstick carving, grasshopper weaving, silhouette paper cutting, fortune telling, and Chinese knotting, as well as a Hong Kong street-style ‘dai pai dong’ gala dinner featuring fascinating performances of a lion dance, face changing and sand painting.

“Hong Kong looks very futuristic, and yet, it has this unique East-meets-West culture that can only be found here!” 
Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko
President of the Russian Basketball Federation; former NBA star