World Basketball Championship to start in Turkey on Saturday

2010 World Basketball Championship will take start in Istanbul on Saturday, August 28.

World Basketball Championship to start in Turkey on Saturday

 

2010 World Basketball Championship will take start in Istanbul on Saturday, August 28.

The formal opening ceremony of FIBA 2010 World Basketball Championship, the largest basketball event of the planet, will take place in Istanbul on Friday evening.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, State Minister Faruk Nafiz Ozak and FIBA President Bob Elphinston will participate in the ceremony that will begin in Sinan Erdem Dome in Atakoy at 9:15 p.m.

The inauguration, which will host several shows and performances, will be broadcast simultaneously on 172 TV channels abroad.

Within the scope of the opening ceremony, internationally recognized Cirque du Soleil will perform a show for the first time in Turkey.

Turkish singers and composers Sezen Aksu, Fatih Erkoc and Muslum Gurses as well as Greece's Harris Alexiou and Italian tenor Alessandro Safina will take the stage.

Fire of Anatolia, Turkish dance group, will also perform in the ceremony.

The championship will take place in four Turkish cities -Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Kayseri. Around 350,000 people are expected to attend the championship, which culminates in the final on September 12.

Meanwhile, name of the formal mascot of the basketball championship is determined as "Bascat", the Turkish Van Cat, which can not be seen anywhere but Turkey.

Turkey hosts a basketball tournament of such a magnitude for the first time in its history.

The first round of the championship, which returns to Europe for the first time in 12 years, will feature basketball stars such as Boris Diaw, Carlos Arroyo and Anderson Varejao. However, several other superstars including Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki will miss this year's tournament.

A total of 24 teams are qualified for the event, while the draw on December 15 divided them into four groups of six.

The team winning the FIBA World Championship 2010 will qualify automatically for the London 2012 Olympics.

The following teams have qualified for Turkey:

Group A (Kayseri): Angola, Argentina, Australia, Germany, Jordan, Serbia
Group B (Istanbul): Brazil, Croatia, Iran, Slovenia, Tunisia, USA
Group C (Ankara): China, Greece, Ivory Coast, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey
Group D (Izmir): Canada, France, Lebanon, Lithuania, New Zealand, Spain

The game schedule for the first round of the championship is as follows:

AUGUST 28, SATURDAY
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GROUP A (KAYSERI)
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AUSTRALIA-JORDAN (4:30 p.m.)
ANGOLA-SERBIA (7:00 p.m.)
GERMANY-ARGENTINA (9:30 p.m.)

GROUP B (ISTANBUL)
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TUNISIA-SLOVENIA (4:30 p.m.)
USA-CROATIA (7:00 p.m.)
IRAN-BRAZIL (9:30 p.m.)

GROUP C (ANKARA)
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GREECE-CHINA (4:00 p.m.)
RUSSIA-PUERTO RICO (6:30 p.m.)
IVORY COAST-TURKEY (9:00 p.m.)

GROUP D (IZMIR)
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NEW ZEALAND-LITHUANIA (4:00 p.m.)
CANADA-LEBANON (6:30 p.m.)
FRANCE-SPAIN (9:00 p.m.)

AUGUST 29, SUNDAY
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GROUP A (KAYSERI)
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JORDAN-ANGOLA (4:30 p.m.)
SERBIA-GERMANY (7:00 p.m.)
ARGENTINA-AUSTRALIA (9:30 p.m.)

GROUP B (ISTANBUL)
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SLOVENIA-USA (4:30 p.m.)
CROATIA-IRAN (7:00 p.m.)
BRAZIL-TUNISIA (9:30 p.m.)

GROUP C (ANKARA)
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CHINA-IVORY COAST (4:00 p.m.)
PUERTO RICO-GREECE (6:30 p.m.)
TURKEY-RUSSIA (9:00 p.m.)

GROUP D (IZMIR)
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LITHUANIA-CANADA (4:00 p.m.)
LEBANON-FRANCE (6:30 p.m.)
SPAIN-NEW ZEALAND (9:00 p.m.)

AUGUST 30, MONDAY
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GROUP A (KAYSERI)
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JORDAN-SERBIA (4:30 p.m.)
AUSTRALIA-GERMANY (7:00 p.m.)
ANGOLA-ARGENTINA (9:30 p.m.)

GROUP B (ISTANBUL)
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SLOVENIA-CROATIA (4:30 p.m.)
TUNISIA-IRAN (7:00 p.m.)
USA-BRAZIL (9:30 p.m.)

AUGUST 31, TUESDAY
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GROUP C (ANKARA)
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RUSSIA-IVORY COAST (4:00 p.m.)
PUERTO RICO-CHINA (6:30 p.m.)
GREECE-TURKEY (9:00 p.m.)

GROUP D (IZMIR)
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NEW ZEALAND-LEBANON (4:00 p.m.)
FRANCE-CANADA (6:30 p.m.)
SPAIN-LITHUANIA (9:00 p.m.)

SEPTEMBER 1, WEDNESDAY
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GROUP A (KAYSERI)
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SERBIA-AUSTRALIA (4:30 p.m.)

Reuters

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