CARACAS (FIBA Americas Championship/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - The draw for this summer's FIBA Americas Championship took place on Thursday at the Catia Theatre in Caracas, Venezuela.
Ten teams were drawn into two groups of five for the tournament that will take place from 30 August to 11 September in the Poliedro of Caracas.
Here are the results:
Group A -
Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Canada, Jamaica, Brazil.
Group B -
Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Paraguay, Argentina.
The teams that finish in the top four of the FIBA Americas Championship will qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.
FIBA Americas Sports Director Anibal Garcia conducted the draw and was assisted by special guests, including current national team head coaches Julio Lamas (Argentina) and Flor Melendez (Puerto Rico) as well as by former national team stars Oscar Torres of host nation Venezuela and Puerto Rico's Jerome Mincy.
Also in attendance were FIBA Americas President Horacio Muratore and Secretary General Alberto Garcia, along with the President of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation Carmelo Cortez, the President of the Dominican Basketball Federation Rafael Uribe and Venezuela's Minister for Sport Hector Rodriguez.
The last edition of the FIBA Americas Championship was played in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2011.
The hosts won the tournament with the "Golden Generation" featuring the likes of Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino and Pablo Prigioni. The Championship featured other leading international stars including Marcelo Huertas and Tiago Splitter of Brazil, Al Horford of the Dominican Republic, Jose Juan Barea and Carlos Arroyo of Puerto Rico and Greivis Vasquez of Venezuela, who now host the event.
Venezuela are no stranger to hosting leading FIBA competitions, having been the setting for last summer's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Check out the game schedule of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship here.