Molten Corporation (Headquarters: Nishi-ku, Hiroshima City, Japan; President and CEO: Kiyo Tamiaki), a manufacturer of competition quality sports balls and equipment, will provide the official game ball with an exclusive design for the "Group phase" and "The Final" of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to be held from August 25, 2023 in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia.
Sales of the official game balls and replica models will begin in various countries around the world starting from the draw that will be held in Manila, Philippines, on April 29.
The official game ball was jointly designed by FIBA and Molten based on the BG5000, which has been used in FIBA international games since August 2019.
The exclusive design concept of the ball for this World Cup is "The Passion Wave" which expresses the passion for the game spreading around the world.
Molten continues to develop and provide the absolute highest quality products with technological innovation for the greater basketball community to fulfill the brand statement “For the real game”.
Comment from Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General
We are all very excited by this exclusive official game ball, it's a great design and concept. It will be hugely popular with the players and the fans.
As FIBA's longest-standing partner, Molten have always been an important and valuable member of the FIBA Family. Their basketballs are a crucial element for us, as we continue to take the sport to new heights. I thank them for their commitment to basketball and to FIBA
Comment from Kiyo Tamiaki, President and CEO of Molten Corporation
We are pleased to announce the custom designed official game ball of the ‘FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023’, a design inspired by the brand identity of the tournament, which will be co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia for the first time in its history. We hope that the wave of passion for basketball brings us all together and expand the basketball family and community. Molten is always in pursuit of innovation and achieving excellence, and we will continue to work closely with FIBA. Once again, I would like to thank Mr. Andreas Zagklis, Secretary General, and all those involved with the success making this happen.