On Cam: FIBA World Cup 2019 logo

By Dugout Philippines

SHANGHAI--The official logo of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 was unveiled at an official ceremony on Tuesday.

The logo draws its inspiration from the Beijing Opera, one of the most symbolic cultural icons of China. It showcases the legends of the strongest with the colourful facial make-up of the actors symbolising characteristics such as wisdom, persistence, power and perfection - the exact qualities the participating players and national teams at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will need in order to succeed.

Each basketball game will be reminiscent of another Chinese cultural legend--the dance of two dragons. In a traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, the two flying dragons do battle in the quest for the “shining pearl”. On the stage of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, the shining pearl will be the Naismith Trophy, the reward given to the newly-crowned world champions.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be played from Aug. 31-Sept. 15 2019 and feature a record 32 teams. It will be staged in eight Chinese cities across five provinces--Beijing, Foshan, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Starting this November, 80 teams will compete in a two-year qualifying process to be among the 31 national teams joining the host country at China 2019, where they will battle for the right to be crowned world champions.

The next milestone on the Road to China 2019 will see the Draw for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers take place on May 7 in Guangzhou.

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