We are nearing the end of another successful summer season for the tourism sector, and meanwhile our heart has begun to beat for Turkey's national basketball team, which is competing in the 14th World Basketball Championship being held in the US city of Indianapolis between 29 August and 8 September.
This year has been a memorable one for Turkish sport so far, and this is the first time that our first national basketball team has got through to the World Cup Final, after coming second in the European championship. We have decorated the Hakkari, one of our A-340 aircraft, in the hope that it brings luck to the team. Adorned with the championship emblem, basketball and net motifs, the aircraft will lend its support in the sky to our star and crescent team. We are confident that the 12-man squad will enable us to relive the joy we felt when the Turkish football team came third in the 2002 World Cup, and wish them success.