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Kevin Pangos, one of Canada's upcoming stars (2010 FIBA U17 World Championship)
CAN - Canada celebrates basketball with an eye on the future

TORONTO (Canada Basketball) - Most basketball fans will know the story of how their beloved sport came about and the fact that its inventor, a certain Dr James Naismith, hailed from Canada.

On Friday however, with the hosting of its seventh Canada Basketball Day, the country's national federation demonstrated that its eyes are set not on the past, but very much on the future.

The release of 'Canada's Game', a seven-minute documentary about the federation's youth team set-up, was among the highlights of the day's festivities.

The film gives an insider's view of Canada Basketball's talent identification programme, with the group of trialists showcasing their skills. Former National Team captain and director of player youth development Rowan Barrett discusses the country's rich pool of talent, which he invites to reflect on their sproting dreams and ambitions.

Celebrations kicked-off with the NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and the Portland Trail Blazers (won  by the Trail Blazers 94-84). 3x3 Basketball took centre stage at halftime, with the screening of a 3x3 promotional video introducing fans to this format FIBA sees as one of the main channels for the development and growth of basketball worldwide.

Finally, Toronto welcomed FIBA's Technical Commission for its bi-annual meeting to examine a large list of rule and competition related issues.

With initiatives like Canada Basketball Day, basketball fans should not be surprised if somewhere down the line Canada starts adding some new chapters to basketball's history books.

Canada will be taking part in this year's FIBA U17 World Championship for Men in Lithuania and the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in the Netherlands, wihile the women's National Team will be trying to qualify for London 2012 at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.

Click here to check-out the 'Canada's Game' mini-documentary:


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