ROME (2014 FIBA World Championship) - Italy big man Andrea Bargnani has expressed the hope that his country will on May 23 be named hosts of the 2014 FIBA World Championship.
FIBA will make the announcement in Geneva, with China and Spain also hoping to host the prestigious event.
Toronto Raptors star Bargnani, the number one draft pick overall in the NBA a few summers ago, said in an FIP statement: "To organize the 2014 World Championship would represent for our movement a starting point to re-launch basketball and bring the sport to young.
"I would be delighted to compete in such an important event in Italy.
“I played in Rome with the Raptors and it was exciting. It would be fantastic to face the strongest teams in the world in front of our fans."