BARCELONA, Spain (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - The Official Draw for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup took place on Monday evening at the Palau de la Musica Catalana.
Here are the four Preliminary Round groups, which each consist of six teams.
Group A (Granada): 1. Spain; 2. Serbia; 3. France; 4. Brazil; 5. Egypt; 6. Iran.
Group B (Seville): 1. Philippines; 2. Senegal; 3. Puerto Rico; 4. Argentina; 5. Greece; 6. Croatia.
Group C (Bilbao): 1. Dominican Republic; 2. Turkey; 3. USA; 4. Finland; 5. New Zealand; 6. Ukraine.
Group D (Gran Canaria): 1. Slovenia; 2. Lithuania; 3. Angola; 4. Korea; 5. Mexico; 6. Australia.
In attendance for this milestone event on the Road to Spain 2014 were distinguished guest including: the Mayor of the City of Barcelona, Mr Xavier Trias; the President of the High Council of Sport of Spain, Mr Miguel Cardenal; the Secretary of State of Tourisim of Spain, Ms Isabella Borrego; the President of FIBA, Mr Yvan Mainini; the President of the Spanish Basketball Federation, Mr José Luis Saez; the Secretary General Emeritus of FIBA, Mr Borislav Stankovic; the Secretary General of FIBA, Mr Patrick Baumann.
Lending a helping hand in the draw procedure were international legends Juan San Epifanio ('Epi') of Spain, Croatia's Dino Radja, Puerto Rico's Jose 'Piculin' Ortiz and FIBA Hall of Fame inductee Jean Jacques Conceicao of Angola.
2006 FIBA World Champions Juan Carlos Navarro and Jorge Garbajosa were also among the more than 500 in attendance, along with Eduardo Kucharski, Jaume Bassó and Angel González Adrio, members of Spain's national team at the first FIBA World Championship in 1950 and women's basketball legend Amaya Valdemoro.
They were joined by representatives of the participating team delegations – including head coaches of a dozen of the 24 teams - as well as members of the Spanish and foreign media.
Click here for the competition system and here for all the groups.
You can find the full schedule here and a day-to-day version here (please note that the times of the games will be determined at a later stage and that the order in which the games are listed does not reflect the order in which they will be played).
About the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
The first-ever FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place in Spain from 30 August to 14 September 2014.
The Preliminary Round will be played in Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Granada and Seville (30 August-4 September). The Final Round will take place in the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona and in the Palacio de los Deportes of Madrid (6-14 September).
The FIBA Basketball World Cup, known from 1950 until 2010 as the FIBA World Championship, is the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
The winners of the FIBA Basketball World Cup get to celebrate their crowning moment by holding aloft the Naismith Trophy, named after the inventor of basketball, Dr James Naismith.
Go to www.fiba.com/spain2014 to find out more.
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