2010 World Basketball Championship

Turkey will host the world’s most important basketball organization.

The greatest and most important sports organization in the history of Turkey is only months away. The 2010 FIBA World Championship, which will be held in Turkey from August 28th to September 12th, will eclipse the 2001 FIBA European Championship which was also hosted by Turkey. A great success for the country, not just for the court, the 2001 organization had also received rave reviews from all over the world.

Now Turkey as a nation is getting ready for a bigger and better version of the European Championship; The World Championship. The first step will be taken on the 15th of December, 2009, as the draw for the 2010 FIBA World Championship will be held at the Çırağan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul.  Prior to the draw, the FIBA Central Board will decide the final four teams to take part in this great event, as the “wild cards” will be decided and announced after their meeting. On the night of December 14, Turkish Basketball Federation president Mr Turgay Demirel will host a dinner reception in honor of the FIBA Central Board and the delegations of the various countries who are in Turkey for the draw the following day.
Mr. Demirel has been the president of Turkish Basketball for the last 18 years and it was his vision that led to Turkey hosting first the 2001 FIBA European Championship, and now the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

There will be 24 countries present in Turkey, including the last champions Spain, the Olympic gold medalist USA, Argentina, Serbia, Slovenia, France, Greece, Brazil and host Turkey are just some of the favorites to take home a medal, perhaps the gold. World stars such as Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, Yao Ming,  Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Turkey’s own Hidayet Türkoğlu and many other stars of basketball will take stage. A giant stage where the giants of basketball will display their talents for all of the world to see and a great opportunity for Turkey, a great opportunity for Turkish sports and Turkish basketball.

The Turkish people are filled with excitement and anticipation, fully aware of the fact that the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan reached 779 million television viewers in 132 countries and some 225.000 tickets were sold as fans from all over the world watched some of the greatest games in the history of basketball live. This would be a great reference for Turkey’s ultimate dream; the dream of hosting the Olympic Games.

KOBE BRYANT(USA): “The chance to represent your country, that’s not even a thought-process for me. If they want me to be on it (USA National Team) , I’m all game.”

ANDREI KIRILENKO (RUSSIA):  “Everything depends on if we get a wildcard or not. If we get a wildcard, I definately want to play. I want to be on the team. This year I had family problems and was not in shape to play. If we get a wildcard I will be in Turkey in August.”

CARMELO ANTHONY (USA): “I know that we haven’t won a World Championship since 1994. We want to change that. I’m trying to get a World Championship medal and then another gold medal from London. There was really nothing to it (His decision about playing.) Jerry (Colangelo) asked me and I just told him I was in. He asked me what I thought about the team. I told him I was in.”