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Stankoviic Continental Championship Press Conference

Basketball hurricane is going to sweep the summer Beijing

Stankoviic Continental Championship is launched by FIBA, CBA and Beijing Sport Bureau, and generalized by the Beijing Asia Sports & Culture radiating company limited. This Championship gets together the best national basketball teams of Five Continents., and the highest level basketball game conducted by the FIBA in China. This Championship is found in order to commemorate the long-term contribute by Predecessor FIBA Secretary-general Mr.Stankovic for the international basketball and China sporting enterprise, and named Stankovic Continental Championship.

The games will come off ceremoniously from 26th to 31st July 2005 in Beijing Capital Gymnasium. During the game time, European Champion Team Lithuania, Oceania Champion Team Australia, African Champion Team Angola, American Runner-up Team Porto-Rico, 2004 Olympics Basketball Champion Team Argentina, Asia Champion Team China, the best basketball teams will fight for the Final Destination. CCTV Sports Channel has made the living broadcast schedule of most of the 15 games.

As an important event of the global basketball, the top teams will play in the name of the continents and countries honor. Now, both of teams are preparing for the Championship. We believe that this championship should converge the World basketball Stars, set out the shinning lineups, present kinds of genres make the feast of basketball show for the audiences in China. July, in Beijing, Hoop hurricane is Coming!

Focus on the variety games

1. Unstoppable temptation, contact the Superstars. Yao ming(Houston Rockets Center), Manu Ginobili(San Antonio Spurs Guard), Andrew Bogut (First pick of 2005 NBA Draft). Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland Cavaliers Center), Carlos Arroyo(Detroit Pistons Guard), and Nocioni, Scola, Oberto……the names are so familiar for the Chinese basketball Fans. The Superstars are not only well know in their own countries but also by the whole world. This summer, the fans in Beijing will have opportunities to meet the superstars face to face.

2. One cant avoid one's enemy, during the Athens Olympics, three teams have had defeated The Dream Team, they are Argentina, Lithuania and Porto Rico, both of them will contend the Stankovic Championship. And three other additional teams, China, Angola, Australia, some of the medias call the Championship as the basketball mini world Championship.

3. The first test for Unas. The present Chinese national basketball team composed by young players expect for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After taking over the coach employment, Coach Unas emphasized the team training quality and the balance between offence and defend. His special job make us find everything of our team new and fresh. The team has showed out great performance during the China-USA confront games, and going to attend the Four-Nations invitation games right now. But, the real test for both Team China and Coach Unas, is the Stankovic Continental Championship. Yao ming has just finished the surgery for his foot. We still do not sure how long should him stay on the court. And Bateer is fight for his new contract in NBA summer league. Could Tang Zhengdong and Yi Jianlian guard the paint as well as their predecessors. On the back court, the rookie Sun yue have to face the big size European guards, what should he do to make better performance? These are the problems that the Chinese audiences who care the team china be interested in most. The Chairman of FIBA., Mr.Cheng Wanqi declared definitely to inspirit Team China: Half billion as bonus award if they(Team China) win the Champion. This embodiment the breast of Mr.Cheng wishing team China should gain better achievement in this Championship.

Everything is ready for battle

The organization of this championship has come into existence since this June. The organization is combined by FIBA, CBA, National Sports Bureau, Beijing Sports Bureau and Beijing Asia Sports radiating company. At present, the pursuit of the sign up has begun since 12th July, medias are welcome to sign up for gather news.

This Championship was supported by the enterprises, media industrial, community all circles. NISSAN·DONGFENG Automobile Company and PEAK Company have signed the sponsorship contract with the game organization. CCTV Sports Channel has made the living broadcast schedule of most of the 15 games as the office TV media. Sina.com as the office network co-operator . Beijing Youth Daily, Basketball Newspaper and Ally-opps as office paper medias.

At present, the tickets of the Championship has just beginning. We believe that the basketball fans will not miss the opportunity to enjoy the top games in short distance.

The organization confirms to convene the pre-game press conference on 25th July. The team members and the VIPS list, and the media information of this championship will be publicized to the community. The organization will conduct rich and colorful basketball jam session, official serving dinner and award dinner, the activities should make this championship full of charm.

(bscup.sina.com.cn July 25, 2005)

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