The Puerto Rico Basketball Federation (FBPUR) announced Monday that it has completed the application process to host one of the four Olympic repechage tournaments FIBA 2024, men’s basketball.
From the island to be selected, the event would be held from July 2 to 7 of next year, in the Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot.
“We present all the documents and make the initial deposit required to be able to submit the application. Now the decision is in the hands of the FIBA board of directors, and we hope to have a response at the end of November,” said the president of the FBPUR, Yum Ramosthrough written statements.
The new day He asked the federal entity for the amount of money in said deposit, but at the time of this publication, he had not received a response.
The last time Puerto Rico hosted a qualifying tournament for the Olympics was in 2003, when the Puerto Rican team qualified for Athens 2004 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. In fact, those Olympic Games marked the men’s team’s last appearance on that stage.
“It is an event that will bring international exposure and the return on investment is guaranteed. As usual, we hope to have the main support of the Government of Puerto Rico and that of private companies,” Ramos added.
The road to Paris 2024, via repechage, will see 24 teams compete in four qualifying tournaments. Each tournament will host six teams for a total of nine matches to be played over six days. The winning team of each tournament will punch its ticket to the Olympic Games.
Since 2016, the FBPUR has hosted 10 FIBA events, including two AmeriCup and Centrobasket Femenino tournaments and qualifying windows for the Basketball World Cup, among others.
The qualifying windows that were staged this year in Puerto Rico were sold-out events and registered a total of 43,102 fans, with the island being the plaza number one in all of America and the third in the world.