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Slovenia to bid for EuroBasket 2029

Supporters of the Slovenian national basketball team. Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Slovenia will bid to host part of the group stage of the men's 2029 European Basketball Championship, the president of the Slovenian Basketball Association Matej Erjavec revealed on 4 December.

Erjavec explained that the bid to host one of the preliminary stage groups at the 2029 tournament will be filed in April 2024. It should be clear by November 2024 whether the lobbying has been successful.

Slovenia hosted the men's EuroBakset in 2013 and the women's championship this summer.

Erjavec also announced that Aleksander Sekulić, who was handed the steering wheel of the men's national team three years ago, is staying on as the head coach.

Under Sekulić's guide, Slovenia finished fourth at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and seventh at this year's FIBA World cup.

While he has not yet signed a contract, the head coach has expressed his willingness to carry on at least until the end of the Eurobasket 2025, the qualifiers for which start in February.

Another major test next year will be the qualifying tournament in July for the Paris Olympics in August.

The tournament featuring Slovenia will be hosted by Piraeus, Greece, where the 2017 European champions will vie for one of the top 2 spots along with Greece, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, New Zeeland and Egypt.

It is not clear yet who will be available for the Slovenian roster in Greece.

Vlatko Čančar of the NBA's Denver Nuggets is still recovering after an ACL tear and the Slovenian team will check on his availability with the Colorado team in early 2024.

A question mark has also appeared over Luka Dončić, with the Dallas Maverics superstar becoming a father to a baby girl named Gabriela last week.

"I believe that if he is healthy and Gabriela will let him, he will definitely play for the national team next summer," Erjavec said about Dončić's appearance.


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