, Switzerland/15th November 2007 – The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is happy to announce that the Beijing 2008 Basketball Test Event for Women will take place from 19th to 26th April 2008 in the Olympic basketball venue, the brand new Wukesong Indoor Stadium.
The Beijing 2008 Basketball Test Event for Women will feature the participation of the following six national teams: Australia, China, Cuba, Korea, New Zealand and USA.
On a completely different note, please be informed that subject to approval at the next meeting of the FIBA Central Board in Chicago (USA) from 7th to 9th December 2007, the Chinese Basketball Association will host next year’s first FIBA Central Board meeting in Beijing, on the 25th and 26th of April 2008. This would ensure that all FIBA Central Board members attend both the Beijing 2008 Basketball Test Event for Women and the Draw for the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournaments.
As it was announced yesterday, the Draw for the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournaments will be staged as well on 26th April 2008, in the above-mentioned Wukesong Indoor Stadium.
FIBA (http://www.fiba.com/), 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 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women (to take place in the summer of 2008) that will decide the final berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the FIBA World Championships for Men and Women, held every four years. The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be played in Turkey.