The Heart Of Basketball Will Beat In Turkey

The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be held in the provinces of Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Kayseri from 28 August to 12 September with participation by 24 country teams.

Held for the first time in Argentina in 1950, the FIBA World Championship has taken place a total of 15 times, and Turkey has twice succeeded, in 2002 and 2006, in being a part of it. Finishing in 9th place in the 2002 championship, Turkey chalked up a major success by finishing sixth in the 2006 championship held in Japan.
This summer Turkey is hosting the 16th championship with matches to be played in the provinces of Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Kayseri. Following the group matches, the finals will be played in the recently completed Sinan Erdem Sports Arena at Istanbul Ataköy.

World Class Teams

Twenty-four teams will compete for the championship, including Spain, the most recent European and World Champion at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, which THY was among the main sponsors of; the US, winner of the most recent Olympics; and Turkey, which has signed off on a series of important basketball wins over the past few years. Since being awarded the right to host the 2010 FIBA World Championship back in 2004, the Basketball Federation of Turkey and the Local Organizing Committee have rolled up their sleeves to make this year’s tournament the best yet, demonstrating several times over through their projects and efforts the importance they give to this event.

The Preparations Are Complete
While a lack of proper venues emerged as our biggest shortcoming during the preparation process, this has since been overcome with the completion of two new sports arenas built specifically for the championship. Constructed in record time in a cooperation between the Basketball Federation of Turkey, the General Directorate of Youth and Sports, and the Metropolitan Municipalities of Ankara and Istanbul, the Ankara Arena in Ankara and the Sinan Erdem Sports Arena in Istanbul have already taken their place among Europe’s leading venues in terms of both capacity and modernity. Meanwhile the Halkapınar Sports Arena in Izmir and the Kadir Has Sports Arena in Kayseri, which was completed in 2008, also stand out as two large sports venues capable of hosting this important event.