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PR N°59 - Meeting of the FIBA Central Board in Geneva

GENEVA (FIBA Central board) - The FIBA Central Board, the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation, met yesterday, Saturday 6th December, and today, Sunday 7th December, for its 5th Session of the 2006-2010 Term of Office, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland.

The FIBA Central Board expressed its great satisfaction for the quality of Friday's presentations from China, Italy and Spain, the three candidate countries which are competing to host the 2014 FIBA World Championship.

Please find below the major decisions taken by the FIBA Central Board:

1. 1st FIBA World Club Championship in 2010

The Central Board agreed that the 1st FIBA World Club Championship will be played in October 2010 and will become an annual event featuring eight of the very best clubs in the world.

Further discussions and meetings will be held with the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Nanjing, which have already expressed strong interest in hosting this new competition, together with other interested cities.

The participating clubs will be each of the five FIBA Zone Club Champion teams (5 teams), the runners-up from the FIBA Europe and the FIBA Americas Zones and the final club will be an invited team by the host city (team to be approved by FIBA).

The 1st FIBA World Club Championship will take place over a five-day period in the second week of October 2010 and a total of 10 games will be played. The winner will receive 1 million USD in prize money.

2. 2009 WADA Code

The FIBA Central Board has approved the new WADA Code for 2009. However, the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation has also expressed its strong concerns on the practicality and legality of certain new requirements which it wishes to address with WADA and other international federations.

In addition, the Central Board approved the principles of an Out-of-Competition testing programme for 2009 and onwards.

3. 2010 FIBA World Championship

The Central Board received detailed reports on the staging of the World Championship in Turkey, including a strong commitment from the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as other relevant Government and Turkish Basketball Federation officials. However, the Board expresses serious concerns on the feasibility plan of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, taking into consideration the many aspects necessary in order to stage such a top-class event.

The developments in the next months will be absolutely crucial and will be closely monitored by FIBA.

4. Mexico's National Federation

The FIBA Central Board has decided to recognise the Mexican Basketball Sport Association, presided by Dr. Modesto Robledo Robledo, as the national governing body of basketball in Mexico.

5. Next FIBA Central Board meeting from 23rd to 24th May 2009 in Geneva

The next meeting of the FIBA Central Board will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23rd to 24th May 2009, where the host country for the FIBA World Championship in 2014 will be selected.

About FIBA

FIBA (, the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National Federations of basketball throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its main upcoming events are the 2009 FIBA Zone Continental Championships and the 2010 FIBA World Championships for Men and Women, to take place in Turkey and in the Czech Republic respectively.