BERN, May 30 (Xinhua) — Board members of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup have had their first meeting via video conference, according to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

The board, formed to oversee the planning of and make key decisions concerning the 32-team tournament, discussed issues including the governance, management structure, and financial strategy for the World Cup.

“We were all witness to an incredible event last year in China. The next FIBA Basketball World Cup will be brought to another level in 2023, taking place in Asia across three countries, and we are looking forward to the continued collaboration with these host nations,” Richard Carrion, chairman of the board, was quoted as saying.

The 2023 World Cup will continue to adopt the same expanded format as the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China had, with 80 teams competing for 32 berths at the final tournament.

The 2023 World Cup will be staged in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines during the group phase, with the final phase to be held in the Philippines’ capital city of Manila. It will mark the first time in the competition’s history that the tournament has been staged in more than one country.

Italian Serie A has set the dates for the 2020-21 season on Monday, as the new season will raise the curtain on September 19, ending on May 23, 2021.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 season concluded last Sunday as Juventus won the ninth consecutive Scudetto while Inter Milan finished second.

“The Lega Council met today and unanimously resolved that Serie A TIM 2020-21 will start on the weekend of September 19,” read a statement from Lega Serie A.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) has taken precautionary guidelines for food safety after new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Dalian.

Dalian reported two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and another 12 asymptomatic cases on Thursday, but Dalian’s municipal government confirmed that the CSL’s season opener will be held as planned.

According to the guidelines, the food material must provide a test report and the invoice for tracing the source. All the staff are required to provide health certificates and working experiences in tournaments such as the Olympic Games and China’s National Games. Every dish is asked to take a reserve sample in case of an emergency test.

The CSL organizers have already ensured the storing food materials is not from the market related to the new cases of COVID-19.

All results from the pre-season COVID-19 tests for CSL players turned out to be negative.

The season opener on Saturday in Dalian will see defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande against the Chinese Football Association (CFA) Cup 2019 winners Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.