It will be the first time that the World Cup, formerly called the world championships, will be played across multiple countries. Pre-qualifying games for the 2023 World Cup started in February. FIBA plans to have the qualifying field down to 80 teams by November 2021, and those nations will be pared down to the 32 World Cup-bound teams by February 2023.
Spain is the defending champion, beating Argentina for the title in Beijing last August.
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