FIRST WAVE TICKET SALES OF THE 2010 FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ZONE 1 TICKETS SOLD OUT
The first wave of the online ticket sales of the 2010 FIBA World Championship has been very successful. The official ticketing agency Biletix/Ticketmaster announced on 30thSeptember, that Zone 1 tickets of the first wave that started on 18th August 2009 are already sold out in Ankara and in Istanbul. Preliminary Round Packages and options of Turkey and U.S.A. in Zone 1 are also sold out. Fans will have another chance for those best tickets in the second and following waves. The second wave will start on 2nd November 2009.
In order to accommodate the huge request from fans from abroad, the first wave of the ticket sales has been extended to 15th October 2009 and fans can still buy the remaining first wave tickets until then. Package prices range from 35 to 150 Euros.
It is the first time in the history of FIBA events that ticket sales started as early as one year before the event. Tickets are sold exclusively online through the official agency Biletix/Ticketmaster.
Details about the ticket sales can be followed on "turkey2010.fiba.com/tickets"
The four teams which will participate in the FIBA World Championship with a "wild card" will be decided during the FIBA Central Board Meeting in Istanbul on 12th-13th December 2009 and the precise tournament schedule will be finalised after the draw on 15th December 2009.
CHINA, KOREA AND JAPAN QUALIGY FOR CZECH REPUBLIC 2010
The three teams from Asia that qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic are China, Korea and Japan.
In the Final of the FIBA Asia Championship Ma Zhengyu came off the bench and reeled off 16 points as China powered ahead to score a 91-71 win over defending champions Korea.
China, thus won their 10th gold medal in FIBA Asia Women Championships, regaining the top place after losing it to Korea in Incheon two years ago.
Bian Lan, adjudged the MVP of the Championship began to play with wonted fervour and Chen Xiaoli began to move in tandem and China’s grip on the game grew manifold.
Chen Nan, awarded the Best Centre award later, started to exercise control of the boards – she collected a total of nine boards of the game – and China gradually built their lead.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic semifinalists led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Chen Nan topped the scoring for China with 17 points and Bian Lan chipped in with 13 points and five assists.
Chen Xiaoli had 13 and Zhang Fan added 11 to the Chinese all-round show. Beon Yeonha had a staggering game-high 29 points for Korea and Jung Sunmin played with characteristic composure for her 17.
“I think it was a tribute to the hard work the girls had put in the entire championship,” said China coach Sun Fengwu. “We were determined to do well and that’s what carried us through,” he added.
A powerful performance midway through the first half – interrupted only by the first quarter break – helped Japan outsmart Chinese Taipei 72-57 and retain their bronze.
The Fumikazu Nakagawa-trained team from the Land of the Rising Sun thus bagged the third berth available to represent FIBA Asia in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women.
“We had our ups and downs in this Championship, but we have finished on an up,” gushed Nakagawa. “A few plans and a few didn’t, but what I am happy about is that the plans for the most crucial game worked,” he added.
- Chinese Taipei
BRAZIL WITH GOLDEN PERFORMANCE AT HOME
Brazil won the Gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship for Women after defeating Argentina 71-48 to finish the tournament in Cuiaba, Brazil in front of over 9,000 fans. Canada reached the podium and the third spot for the FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic (23 Sept – 3 October 2010).
Silvia Gustavo led Brazil with 18 points, Fernanda Neves 13, Alessandra Santos 12 and Adrianinha Pinto 9 points with 8 rebounds.
The Brazilians had a rough start, making just one field goal (3 point) in the first quarter to finish down 13-7. Argentina had Erica Sanchez with 6 points and Brazil had Karen Gustavo and Fernanda Neves with 3 points each. Brazil shot 1-13 from the field and made four free throws in the first ten minutes.
Argentina didn't score for 8:09 minutes between the first and second quarter, their last basket was with one minute left in the first as Paula Reggiardo netted a three pointer. Brazil made a 17-0 run to be up 22-13 and finish the first half up 25-21. Karen Gustavo led with 7 points, Adrianinha Pinto and Jucimara Dantas 5 points each. Erica Sanchez had 12 points for Argentina.
In the third quarter Brazil defined the game as Adrianinha and Alessandra combined themselves on both sides to force turnovers and make Argentina take bad shots during the rest of the game. At the end of the third quarter Brazil had a 50-35 lead.
Helen Luz along with Alessandra, who won the 1994 FIBA World Championship, sealed the victory for Brazil in the final minutes, especially Helen who made a three pointer with 46 seconds left to send their fans into a frenzy.
At the end Adrianinha Pinto of Brazil was selected as the MVP of the tournament. The Brazilian point guard averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in five games played.
Canada survived in overtime against Cuba to capture the bronze medal. The 69-59 triumph also clinched a spot for the Canadians at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic.
"We have incredible chemistry, and I don't think I've worked with a group that deserves it more," Canada coach Allison McNeill said. “We had different people step up at different times and I'm just really proud of them."
Basketball is on a high in Canada because the men also qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
"Leo (Rautins, Men's Head Coach) has been very supportive. When you love a sport like all of our staff do, then you want the sport to be great in your country, not just for your team,” McNeill said. “There is real support at all levels. I got e-mails from Cadet and Junior National Team coaches and Leo. It's good to see everybody doing well."
- Puerto Rico
- Dominican Republic
CLASS OF 2009 INDUCTED INTO FIBA HALL OF FAME
Eleven basketball greats were inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain) on 22nd September.
The men and women who form the 2009 class were enshrined after outstanding careers as referees, players, coaches or contributors.The 2009 inductees include Bulgarian referee Artenik Arabadjian, Spanish coaching legend Pedro Ferrandez and playing greats Oscar ‘Big O’ Robertson of the United States, Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina and Jacky Chazalon of France. All except Chazalon were in Katowice, Poland, on Sunday to watch the last day of the EuroBasket. They then flew to Spain to take part in the ceremonies.
Posthumous inductees this year include American coaches Pete Newell and Kay Yow, Brazil basketball great Ubiratan Pereira, Swiss referee Marcel Pfeuti and Argentina’s Luis Martin, a contributor. Gonzalez is a national team hero of Argentina.
Among his achievements is the gold medal he helped capture for his country in 1950 at the FIBA World Championship. He made 50 appearances for his country from 1947 to 1955 and played at the 1948 London Olympics and the 1952 Helsinki Games.
"It's an honor to be inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame," Gonzalez, now 84, said to FIBA.Com. "To be recognized for my career as a basketball player is a wonderful feeling and it gives me great pride."
While he has long since retired as a player, Gonzalez still feels as passionate as ever when it comes to Argentina and basketball. He watched nervously, he said, as Argentina struggled at the start of last month’s FIBA Americas Championship before eventually hitting their stride and winning the bronze medal to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
"I feared at one point that we would not make it to the FIBA World Championship but the team reacted well with Luis Scola showing again his leadership qualities," Gonzalez said. Everyone in Europe has been buzzing about Robertson, who was amazing at the University of Cincinnati, with the gold-medal winning Team USA at the Rome Olympics and in the NBA.
In his first five NBA campaigns, in fact, Robertson averaged a triple-double in points, assists and rebounds. In 2000, he was named ‘Player of the Century’ by the National Association of Coaches.
Bill Russell, who was inducted two years ago in the first class of the FIBA Hall of Fame, was also in Europe this week to take part in the ceremonies.
ROYAL RECEPTION FOR GOLDEN BOYS
Spain's EuroBasket winners were welcomed home by King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on 21st September in Madrid less than 24 hours after their title triumph in Katowice.
Gold medalists at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, silver-medal winners two years ago at the EuroBasket in Spain and runners-up at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Spaniards overcame a difficult start to the 2009 event in Poland and won five straight games by an average of 19 points.
They defeated a young but excellent Serbia team in the final on Sunday night, 85-63.
"I followed the games and you have played in an impressive manner," Zapatero said at the Palacio de la Moncloa. "Basketball gives you joy although on this occasion, there have been plenty of thrills from the Preliminary Round."
Zapatero paid a special tribute to Pau Gasol, who was voted Most Valuable Player of the EuroBasket. Gasol, who won his first-ever NBA title as a power forward with the Los Angeles Lakers in June, had also been named MVP of the 2006 FIBA World Championship. He suffered a finger injury during the preparations and missed all of the friendly games but recovered in time to lead Spain. "I thank Pau Gasol's commitment to the national team," Zapatero said. "It is exemplary. Pau, you don't know how much you contribute positively to the national team."
Zapatero then looked ahead to next year when Spain will attempt to defend their world title, saying: "We now hope that the good run continues at the Olympic Games in London but before that, we have the FIBA World Championship in Turkey, although we cannot ask you for more."
After meeting with the Prime Minister, Spain went to celebrate at the Cibeles fountain in Madrid where 5,000 fans were waiting for Los Chicos de Oro.
- F.Y.R. of Macedonia
- Great Britain
FIBA, FIBA EUROPE JOIN WITH UN IN DECLARATION FOR ROAD SAFETY
In a Declaration for Road Safety signed during the EuroBasket 2009, FIBA and FIBA Europe joined the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure, the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in a plea to respect road traffic rules.
The EuroBasket 2009 Declaration for Road Safety: "Because a true champion respects the rules of the game!" -draws a parallel between basketball and road safety stating that non-respect for rules results in unfairness, on the road as on the court. The consequences of not following the rules on the road are, however, much more severe and sadly, many people do not play by the rules when they get behind the wheel.In an effort to reach out to people's everyday lives, the Declaration offers a new perspective on road rules. It tries to counter the "avoid getting caught" attitude with one of respect for fellow road-users. It also summarises 7 simple rules which have proven beyond any doubt, time and time again, that they save lives:
- Do NOT use mobile phones while driving.
- Do NOT drive whilst under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Stay within the speed limit.
- Share the road safely with pedestrians and cyclists.
- Wear seatbelts - every day, every time, both in the front and back of the vehicle.
- Use approved child restraint systems.
- Wear approved helmets while riding two-wheelers.
On a global scale, 1.2 million people die in road traffic crashes every year, with millions more injured and disabled. The Declaration makes the point that these crashes are NOT accidents but events that can be prevented through daily action and awareness. Through its Road Traffic Safety Forum, UNECE has established a multilateral legal framework for road safety which covers all factors influencing international road traffic, including the driver and the vehicle, in the Convention on Road Traffic (1968), and which prescribes common norms for traffic light signals and uniform conditions for road markings in the Convention on Road Signs and Signals (1968)
BRAZIL CONFIDENCE NOW SOARING AHEAD OF 2010 FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Anderson Varejao and Brazil are celebrating a gold-medal triumph after beating hosts Puerto Rico in the FIBA Americas Championship title game on 6th September. But hopes are also high in Puerto Rico and Canada that also booked a ticket for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Beaten by Puerto Rico earlier in the competition, Brazil hit back with a vengeance and led by as many as 16 points but ended up scraping a 61-60 win on Sunday with more than 10,000 fans looking on in San Juan. Carlos Arroyo had a chance to win the contest at the buzzer for Puerto Rico but his three-pointer from the right corner was off target. "It was difficult, but we were able to win and to be champions is always very nice," Anderson said. "I believe that this title is the first of a series that this generation will win." Brazil, Puerto Rico, bronze-medal winners Argentina and Canada all qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. FIBA Americas giants Team USA will also be at next year's big event after qualifying as last year's Olympic champions.
Before thinking about Turkey, the Brazilians want to savor their victory over Puerto Rico. "We knew the final would be a very difficult game," Brazil guard Leandro Barbosa said after pouring in a game-high 24 points. "Therefore, even when we built a good advantage, the game wasn't won. In the final minute, we possessed enough calm to withstand the pressure and win the first of many titles for this new team." Brazil center Tiago Splitter was extremely happy. "We managed to overcome the home team and a crowd of 10,000," he said. "Let's celebrate because we deserve it and we share this achievement with the Brazilian fans."
- Puerto Rico
- Dominican Republic
ANGOLA, COTE D’IVOIRE AND TUNISIA EARN SPOT FOR TURKEY 2010
Angola has captured on 15th August in the Africa Union Hall in Tripoli, Libya, its sixth consecutive title in a much contested game against Cote d’Ivoire (82 – 72).
It is the 10th overall title for the basketball crazy country from Southern Africa, and Angola will represent Africa as reigning champion at the FIBA World Championship for the third time in a row.
The “Elephants”, the nickname for the team from Cote d’Ivoire, gave the Angolans a tough battle. After finishing the first quarter with a 19-15 lead, both teams went to the locker room with tight 35-34 advantage for Cote d’Ivoire.
Angola took charge in the third quarter but was never really able to pull away. The lead changed a total of 16 times, and the score was tied no less than 6 times during the game.
Angola’s experience with a team that plays together in almost the same composition since 4 years made the difference.
Leading scorers for Angola were Carlos Morais with 21 points, whilst Joaquim Gomes and Olimpio Cipriano added 16 points each.
Pape Amagou led the way for Cote d’Ivoire with 18 points.
Tunisia gained the third African spot for the FIBA World Championship in Turkey in the bronce medal game in securing a 8368 triumph against Cameroon, the surprise silver medal winners from two years ago in Angola.
The North Africans will have their first appearance at a FIBA World Championship. “This is the biggest success for Tunisian basketball”, said Coach Adel Tlatli after the game. “We do not know what to expect in Turkey, but we will do our best to present our country and the whole African continent.”
The Tunisians were controlling the game all the time and went into halftime with a 40-31 lead. At the end of the third quarter Cameroon was able to pull back to 56-50, but at the end of the fourth quarter Tunisia took control.
Amine Rzig was leading the way for Tunisia with 20 points, and Cyrille Makanda was with 18 points the best scorer for Cameroon.
- Cote d'Ivoire
- Centr African Rep
- Cape Verde
- South Africa
- PR of Congo
ASIAN CONTINGENT FOR TURKEY COMPRISED OF CHINA, IRAN AND JORDAN
The three teams that will represent FIBA Asia at the FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey are Iran, China and Jordan. But it was hard-fought battle.
When Iran won the title in the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship at Tokushima, one question remained unanswered: Could Iran have won if China had played with their full team?
The answer to that question came two years later in the form of Iran’s thumping 70-52 win in the gold-medal game of the 25th FIBA Asia Championship.
Hamed EHadadi, who had scored 31 points in Iran’s final triumph two years ago, was once again the leading scorer for his side with 19 points. “There’s a huge difference between then and now,” said EHadadi. “Playing against China’s first team in China is pressure enough.
But we were determined to carry out what our coach told us,” he added.
Never had any team dominated a gold medal game against China in the FIBA Asia Championship the way Veselin Matic’s team did on Sunday night in front a capacity crowd – which began page 50 | 40 2009 | Fiba assist magazine to dissipate as the fourth quarter began.
As a matter of fact, this was the first time China lost a gold medal game in FIBA Asia Championship history – the hosts carried an impressive 14 gold-2 bronze haul from 17 appearances into the final.
“The whole idea of a final game to seize the initiative early,” said Matic. “I’m happy things fell in place early for us. And we didn’t lose focus after that,” he added.
Wang topped the scoring for China with 24 points, but played with wonted form only in the third quarter when he scored 11 of them.
The third was the only period when Iran allowed China to keep the scoring level.
Jordan Takes Bronce
Ayman Idais and Rasheim Wright scythed through the rival defence during each other’s slump in form to help Jordan to an 80-66 win over fellow West Asian nation Lebanon in the bronze medal playoff on Sunday.
The win helped the Mario Palma trained Jordan to book their entry into the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
“We have been working on this for the last three years,” Jordan coach Mario Palma said. “I think Jordan came into Tianjin as one of the teams capable of winning the Championship. We fell short in that, but today we were focused,” Palma said.
Lebanon finished without a medal for the first time in three championships, having bagged with the silver in both 2005 and 2007 FIBA Asia Championships.
Jordan had never beaten Lebanon coming into this Championship – having lost all their three previous encounters – but in Tianjin, Jordan opened their campaign with an 84-67 win over Lebanon and finished it beating the same rivals.
“What matters is the timing of the win,” bemoaned Lebanon coach Dragan Raca said.
- Chinese Taipei
- United Arab Emirates
- Sri Lanka
NEW ZEALAND CLAIM SECOND FIBA OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIP
A sublime performance from Kirk Penney and an incredible third quarter from the New Zealand Tall Blacks has delivered them their second ever FIBA Oceania Championship with a 100-78 victory over Australia in Wellington. Australia won the first game of the home and away series with 84-77. Penney finished with 24 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds in a remarkable display that guided his young team to its biggest ever winning margin over its powerhouse neighbour. He received outstanding support from Mika Vukona, who at just 198cm dominated Australia's inexperienced frontcourt with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. Alex Pledger was also a major factor in the paint, recording 15 points and 13 rebounds to continue his emergence. Australia's shining light was the persistent play of 2006 FIBA World Championship player and Olympian Brad Newley, who finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds but could not carry his teammates to victory. Though the result of the game was beyond doubt, if Australia could bring the margin under 7 points it would retain the FIBA Oceania Championship on aggregate, but Vukona dominated the boards and was steady from the free throw line as New Zealand closed out their remarkable 22-point win. Both countries have qualified for the FIBA World Championship in Turkey next year, with New Zealand taking Oceania's first seed into the tournament.