FIBA World Championship 2006 - Unofficial Blog

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

USA Basketball team to visit South Korea

According to the Korean Basketball Association (KBA), the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team will participate in the five-team World Basketball Challenge 2006 that will be held Aug. 11-15 at Jamsil Gymnasium, in Seoul, Korea. This is part of their preparations for the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

We must mention that it is organized by the Korean Basketball Association, USA Basketball and the East Marketing Group, and this event is Korea's first-ever World Basketball Challenge. The Challenge will feature world-class players representing national teams from the United States, Italy, Korea, Lithuania and Turkey. The event announcement was made Tuesday at a press conference in Seoul, Korea.

"We are relly excited to bring our senior men's team to Korea for the first time, and we are grateful to the Korean Basketball Association and East Marketing Group for their efforts in staging what we know will be a competitive and first-rate international basketball tournament," USA Basketball President Val Ackerman expressed.

"This is a very good competitive opportunity and a critical piece of our team's pre-World Championship training," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball's Senior National Squad program managing director. "We look forward to bringing the USA team to Seoul and we are really excited to face experienced national teams from Korea and Lithuania."

As we know, the World Basketball Challenge 2006 officially gets underway Friday, Aug. 11, when Korea plays Turkey. On Saturday, Aug. 12, Korea will take on Lithuania, while Italy and Turkey will face in the evening's second match. The USA opens its play on Sunday, Aug. 13, against Lithuania, and Korea versus Italy caps the day's schedule. The Challenge concludes Tuesday, Aug. 15, with Korea meeting the United States.

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