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MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS, Andrei Kartashov/. The Russian cities of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kazan expressed their interest in submitting bids for hosting the 2023 Basketball World Championship, Andrei Kirilenko, the president of the Russian Basketball Federation, told TASS on Thursday.
"Moscow, Kazan and St. Petersburg confirmed that they were interested in hosting the world championship," Kirilenko said in an interview with TASS. "Moscow offers the Olimpiisky Arena and Megasport center for hosting the event."
"However, it is still too early to speak about submitting the bids as there had been no intergovernmental commission’s session on the issue," he said.
"In line with regulations, the government must approve bids submitted on behalf of our country and this is why we are currently gathering all the necessary information from three regions at the issue, which are interested (to host the tournament), in order to receive the approval," the Russian basketball chief added.
Yevgeny Bogachev, the president of Kazan-based UNICS basketball club, told TASS earlier in the day that Moscow and Kazan were most likely to bid for the right to host the 2023 Basketball World Championship.
The FIBA World Championship is an international basketball competition contested by men’s teams and is held once every four years after it was founded in 1950.
The tournament was previously held in Madrid in 2014 and the next one is scheduled to take place in China’s Beijing in 2019. The current five-year break between the tournaments is an exception and owes to recent changes in international regulations, however, the future tournaments will be held again once in four years following the next championship in China.