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2010 WC general news
Quote:FIBA - FIBA ends inspection tour in Turkey for 2010 FIBA World Championship

ISTANBUL (2010 FIBA World Championship) - FIBA President Bob Elphinston and Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann ended today a two days visit of Turkey to review all aspects of the organisation of the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Men.

During the visit they met with the with the Trkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish Minister of State for Sport Mr. Murat Basgioglu to assess the feasibility of the delivery of the venues not yet finalized but needed for the event.

The construction planning given for the constructions of the venues in Antalya (started), Ankara (to be started) and Istanbul (not started) are behind schedule and may not be ready on time for the Championship.

The Government through the Prime Minister has given FIBA the reassurance that the venues will be delivered.

However, the on time availability of a suitable venue in Istanbul remains uncertain. The project of the venue in the downtown area, following the discussion with the government, will not be realized in time and efforts are being concentrated on the privately funded Fenerbahce-Ulker Project for a 15'000 seats arena. This venue is planned to be opened for use until May 2010. However, the final designs have yet to be approved by the authorities and constructions should be starting within the next four months.

FIBA and the Turkish Federation will meet again in November to assess the risks related to this essential aspect of the preparations as well as on other aspects of the World Championship. The Central Board of FIBA will meet on December 6 to analyze and decide on the situation caused by the delays in the planning.

Die Liebe wird eine Krankheit, wenn man sie als eine Heilung sieht.
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It's rumoured that Argentina might apply to organise the tournament in case Turkey fails to meet schedule. Can Turkey really give up?
Die Liebe wird eine Krankheit, wenn man sie als eine Heilung sieht.
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I don't think it is a realistic chance. Turkey will go through, otherwise the country's image abroad will be tainted.
Respect and thanks for everything:

Alvertis, Bodiroga, Jasikevicius, Radja, Wilkins, Vrankovic, Fotsis, Rebraca, Kattash, Gentile, Koch, Middleton, Kutluay, Rogers, Papadopoulos, Becirovic, Tomasevic, Siskauskas, Pekovic, Lakovic, Vujanic, Chatzivrettas, Maljkovic, Spanoulis and many more to follow in the near future.
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Quote:[size="4"]FIBA - to get a makeover with 150 days to go[/size]

GENEVA (2010 FIBA World Championship) - The event website for this summer’s World Championship in Turkey is to undergo a spectacular makeover in under ten days time.

On 31st March, with 150 days to go until world basketball’s biggest ever event tips off, v3 – as it is known within FIBA – will be launched

In redesigning the website, FIBA’s web team have focused on putting the fans at the heart of the action.

The new site will allow you to:

* Experience an entirely new look and feel

* navigate more easily between the many different pages

* discover completely new team pages for all 26 participants

* get to know the stars likely to take the Championship by storm

* pick your team, comment on their performances and send messages of support

FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said of the site: “With only 150 days to go until the World Championship begins, everyone is growing increasingly eager for the summer to arrive. The new version of will come as good news to those who are most impatient, as they will have a great website to keep them up to date on all aspects of the event and to interact with other fans”.

Log on to on 31st March and be the first to discover what’s new.
^ * pick your team, comment on their performances and send messages of support

LMAO, I like that one, I wonder what curses are going to be thrown about on the official FIBA pages <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Biggrin' />

On an even lighter note, it's been confirmed vuvuzelas will be banned from the WC!!!

Thank the Lord for that <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Biggrin' />
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