Sue Bird is returning to international basketball as ambassador for 2026 World Cup

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sue Bird is going back to international basketball. But as an ambassador, not a player. The American great was introduced by FIBA as the global ambassador for the 2026 Women’s Basketball World Cup that will be played in Berlin. Bird won five Olympic gold medals and four more in World Cups during two decades playing for USA Basketball. She retired from the WNBA’s Seattle Storm last year. Bird takes the ambassador role from Spanish great Pau Gasol.