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Basketball - 11. April 2008.

PR N°19 - Olympic Basketball at a glance on fiba.com


GENEVA (Olympic basketball) - FIBA is happy to announce the launch of www.olympicbasketball.fiba.com, a website designed to provide with extensive and unprecedented coverage of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women and of both Beijing 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournaments.

www.olympicbasketball.fiba.com offers exclusive websites, available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Greek languages, for each of the following six events marking this Olympic year:

The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women (Madrid, Spain, from 9th to 15th June 2008), featuring the following 12 participating teams: Senegal and Angola (Africa), Cuba, Brazil and Argentina (Americas), Japan and Chinese Taipei (Asia), Spain, Belarus, Latvia and Czech Republic (Europe) and Fiji (Oceania). The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women will provide five women's passports to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men (Athens, Greece, from 14th to 20th July 2008) featuring the following 12 participating teams: Cameroon and Cape Verde (Africa), Puerto Rico, Brazil and Canada (Americas), Lebanon and Korea (Asia), Greece, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia (Europe) and New Zealand (Oceania). The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men will provide three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The 3rd FIBA Diamond Ball for Men (Nanjing City, China, from 29th July to 1st August 2008), an invitational tournament featuring the participation of Angola, Argentina, Australia, China, Iran and Serbia.

The 2nd FIBA Diamond Ball for Women (Haining, China, from 2nd to 5th August 2008), an invitational tournament featuring the participation of Australia, China, Japan, Mali, Russia and USA.

The Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women (Beijing, China, from 9th to 23rd August 2008), with the participation of China (host), Australia (World Champion), Mali (African Champion), USA (Champion of the Americas), Korea (Asian Champion), Russia (European Champion) and New Zealand (Oceanian runner-up), plus the five teams that will qualify through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women.

The Olympic Basketball Tournament for Men (Beijing, China, from 10th to 24th August 2008), with the participation of China (host), Spain (World Champion), Angola (African Champion), USA (Champion of the Americas), Argentina (Americas runner-up), Iran (Asian Champion), Russia (European Champion), Lithuania (European Bronze medallist) and Australia (Oceanian Champion), plus the three teams that will qualify through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men.

All six event websites will offer live results and statistics, game reports and previews, complete player profiles and biographies, hundreds of action photos, interviews and blogs from experts and fans, in addition to a variety of 'behind the scenes' features and videos.

www.olympicbasketball.fiba.com represents the perfect tool for any sports fan and media representative wanting to stay tuned with the latest news on Olympic basketball and with the qualification and preparation phases leading up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

FIBA

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