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Melissa King named 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup CEO

Melissa King will lead the 2020 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Sydney after being appointed chief executive of the event.

King is a former chief executive of Surf Life Saving Australia and will work closely with local organising committee chairman David Reid and event advisory boards to prepare Sydney to host the world’s best female basketballers in Australia.

The Opals have qualified for Tokyo 2022 and will play a home World Cup the following year.

The Opals have qualified for Tokyo 2022 and will play a home World Cup the following year.Credit:Getty Images

Sydney will be hosting the event for a second time, as it also hosted the 1994 FIBA world championships, but this event will be played in a much different environment as it will follow the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and come, hopefully, after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

“I am excited about the enormous opportunity hosting the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup provides the sport and the chance to take women’s basketball to the next level in this country,” King said in a statement.

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