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  • Spain to use 'sister city' links to promote 2014 FIBA World Championship


    MADRID (2014 FIBA World Championship) – Spain has announced the intention to use its “sister cities” to fuel global interest in the 2014 FIBA World Championship if the country is selected to host the prestigious event.

    Spain, China and Italy are the three candidates to stage the competition, with FIBA set to announce in May where the tournament will be.

    A total of 56 cities are officially twinned with Madrid, Seville, Bilbao, Granada and Las Palmas – the cities where games will be played if the event is held in Spain.

    And the Spanish Basketball Federation said: “The Local Organizing Committee of the 2014 FIBA World Championship will appoint an 'Ambassador of the 2014 FIBA World Championship ' in each of the cities (below), with the purpose of organizing two annual events related to the Championship.”

    MADRID (23): Asunción (Paraguay), Beijing (China), Belgrade (Serbia), Berlin (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), Bogota (Colombia), Caracas (Venezuela), Havana (Cuba), Lima (Peru) , Lisbon (Portugal), Mexico DF (Mexico), Managua (Nicaragua), Manila (Philippines), Montevideo (Uruguay), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA), Nouakchott (Mauritania), Quito (Ecuador), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Tripoli (Libya) and Warsaw (Poland).

    SEVILLE (4): Kansas City, Missouri (USA), Columbus, Ohio (USA), Angers (France) and Krakow (Poland).

    BILBAO (9): Buenos Aires (Argentina), Rosario (Argentina), Medellín (Colombia), Bordeaux (France), Qingdao (China), Tbilisi (Georgia), Pittsburgh (USA), Sant Adrià de Besos (Barcelona, Spain ) and Iloilo (Philippines).

    GRANADA (7): Aix-en-Provence (France), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Coral Gables (USA), Freiburg (Germany), Marrakech (Morocco), Tetuán (Morocco) and Tlemecén (Algeria).

    LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA (13): San Antonio (Texas, USA), Caracas (Venezuela), Altagracia de Orituco (Venezuela), Nouadhiou (Mauritania), Rabat (Morocco), Praia (Cape Verde), Palma de Mallorca ( Spain), Cadiz (Spain), Móstoles (Spain), Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Salamanca (Spain), San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Spain) and Garachico (Spain).

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