FIBA backs Turkey

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International Basketball Federation (FIBA) secretary general Patrick Baumann has backed Turkey to host one of the sport's "greatest basketball celebrations" even though construction work ahead of the 2010 FIBA World Championship has not been completed.

Speaking at the FIBA Central Board meeting in December 2009, Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) president Turgay Demirel insisted redevelopment work at the venues to be used during the tournament would be completed by March 2010. Baumann, speaking at an event to mark the 150–day countdown to the start of the competition on 28 August, revealed that venues at Ankara and Istanbul should be completed in the near future. "We are now entering a crucial phase in terms of preparations, " said Baumann. "The missing pieces should quickly fall into place as the conclusion of the Ankara and Istanbul arenas are shortly before us. We are confident that Turkey will offer one of the greatest basketball celebrations in the history of basketball. " There had been particular concerns over preparations at the 10, 400–seat Ankara Arena and it had originally been planned for all test events to be carried out in March. Games are earmarked to take place at venues in Ankara, Istanbul, Kayseri and Izmir before the tournament shifts to Istanbul's 15, 000–capacity Olympic Dome from the quarter–final stage onwards, with the final taking place on 6 September. Demirel said the local organising committee has "already come a long way". He added: "I am very satisfied with the level we have achieved in terms of readiness towards hosting the best ever World Championship. " A new marketing campaign created by Los Angeles–based Iconisus, will be rolled out in the months leading up to the World Championship. The cross–platform campaign will feature the likes of Kobe Bryant, Yi Jianlian, Andrei Kirilenko and Dirk Nowitzki towering above some of Turkey's most famous landmarks. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comSubscribers to Major Events International can take advantage ofexcellent discounted rates for The Sport Briefing. Sign up now to receive a 20% discount on your annual licence for TheSport Briefing. Special rates are also available for company–widesubscriptions. Subscribers receive a daily digest or up to 30 stories from across every sector of the global sports industry, access to the 24–sevenwww. thesportbriefing. com website and a hard copy of the quarterlymagazine. For more information, email info@thesportbriefing. com or call +(0) 44 207 963 7888.

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