Each of the 32 national teams in the 2023 FIBA men’s World Cup will receive “financial encouragement,” according to a report. A total of 3.2 million euros will be distributed among the participants, and the top 16 teams will receive an additional 100,000 euros each.
The report caught the attention of Belgium national player Emma Meesseman, who lamented the prize money – or lack thereof – allocated for the 2022 FIBA women’s World Cup.
“One year after the Women’s World Cup Championship, where nobody got any ‘financial encouragement.’ Thanks FIBA,” Meesseman wrote sarcastically on X.
One year after Women’s World Championship, where nobody got any ‘financial encouragement’. Thanks @FIBA https://t.co/C5ujAGxjFz— Emma Meesseman (@EmmaMeesseman) September 9, 2023
One year after Women’s World Championship, where nobody got any ‘financial encouragement’. Thanks @FIBA https://t.co/C5ujAGxjFz
The United States defeated China, 83-61, in the 2022 final, for its fourth consecutive championship. A’Ja Wilson scored 19 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals against China.
“This is why you sacrifice,” Wilson told reporters then. “My teammates hold me accountable. They put me in the best situation so I didn’t really feel tired. This is what we live for. This is honestly my job and I love my job. I love what I do and now I can go to sleep. I’m so excited. My bed is literally calling my name.”
Meesseman’s tournament ended in the quarterfinal, when Australia beat Belgium, 86-69.
In the men’s final, Germany will play Serbia on Sunday morning.