2010 FIBA World Championship starts
Monday, August 30, 2010
|Turkey is ready and Turkey will deliver.|
—FIBA President Bob Elphinston
FIBA President Bob Elphinston gave a speech during the ceremony. "FIBA assigned the event to Turkey in 2004 and after six years of hard work, a dream comes true. Turkey is ready and Turkey will deliver. We thank the Turkish government for the great support."
The first round of the tournament, which is in Europe for the first time since 1998, will tip off in Istanbul, , and .
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