GENEVA/BRNO/OSTRAVA (FIBA World Championship for Women) - FIBA is very satisfied with the 2010 edition of FIBA World Championship for Women after the first three game days.
“In terms of promotion, media coverage, facilities, and organisation the event is setting new standards,” FIBA President Yvan Mainini said from Ostrava. “The event is televised in a record 150 countries around the world and the application of 500 media representatives broke the record of 300 journalists in Brazil 2006.”
The 2010 FIBA World Championship was brought to one of the hotbeds of women’s basketball and that is reflected in the outstanding spectator numbers. A total of 55,000 spectators came to the arenas in Brno and Ostrava in the first three days.
“The host country has done a great job in promoting the event locally,” said Mainini. “We see a lot of young people in the audience even at games at early hours. After Day Three we have already more than twice the number of live spectators than we had in 2006.”
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Sunday confirmed the following attendance figures – 25 September: 19,000; 26 September: 15,000; 27 September: 21,000.
The event website www.czechrepublic2010.fiba.com, which is offered in three languages, had almost half a million unique visitors in first three days.
Many experts rate the level of competition as top notch. “Our experts tell us that the standard of competition is definitely higher than the 2008 Olympic basketball tournament for Women”, added Mainini. “There are more competitive games, more upsets and an improved level from African and Asian teams.”
“We are also happy with the facilities in Brno and Ostrava and the level of organisation. I am happy to report that we had no major issues in the first round.”
The championship started its second round on Monday.
The Quarter-Finals will be played on Friday and will decide which teams go to the medal round on Saturday and Sunday.
You can see all the action from the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women live, plus interviews and features on FIBATV.com.
photos Janos Schmidt