In a year when the European Championship Finals in Football will be coming to Dublin, this is another major win for Irish sport.
The championships will be held at the University of Limerick between June 30th and July 5th. The Senior Women’s Championships for Small nations will be held at the same time in Cyprus.
It is a major win for Limerick who will also host the World U20 Championships in Lacrosse, also at the University between the 9th and 18th of July, 2020.
Basketball Ireland successfully hosted the Under 18 and Senior Women’s European Championships in 2017 and 2018 and this latest win will be a major cornerstone of the organisation’s 75th anniversary which falls in 2020.
The Irish Senior Men’s team have competed well in this competition before, finishing in third place in 2018 in San Marino, and it is hoped that next year will see even more success for Mark Keenan’s charges as they showcase the best of Irish basketball on home ground.
“I am delighted that we will have a FIBA Championship as a centrepiece of our 75th anniversary celebrations,” said CEO of Basketball Ireland and President of the FIBA Small Countries Committee, Bernard O’Byrne.
“I am confident that the basketball community in the southwest will strongly support this event and I also call on the business community to assist us with the remaining funding requirements.”
“The awarding of the tournament is yet another great boost for Irish basketball and for Irish sport,” added Therese Walsh.
“We are delighted to host our second senior European Championships in as many years and look forward to welcoming all of the teams, officials and delegates to Ireland once more.”
“I’m absolutely delighted to hear we have been successful in our bid,” said Senior Men’s Head Coach Mark Keenan.
“Playing at home for Ireland in front of your home crowd will certainly add that extra bit of motivation for everyone involved. I’m sure this news will drive the players forward to want to be involved and make the final team selection.”
The U18 Championships in 2017 were held at the National Basketball Arena and the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. The Senior Women’s Championship 12 months later were held in Cork and now Limerick gets to experience the excitement.
We will return later to the kind of ask in terms of commercial partnerships that needs now to be made.
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