TORONTO - The FIBA-Americas Evaluation Committee has arrived in Toronto in order to inspect the facilities and have meetings regarding the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship bid.
The FIBA-Americas Evaluation Committee is composed of FIBA-Americas President Horacio Muratore, Secretary General Alberto Garcia and Event Manager Javier Otero.
They arrived Tuesday and will have meetings with Canada Basketball and government authorities from Wednesday through Friday.
"Canada Basketball is well prepared, all the requirements have been met and it will be very important the support from the government, bid partners and the private sector," said Muratore.
The committee already visited Argentina and Brazil, which showcased strong bids and have shown full support from all sectors in order to make this event successful.
"Canada is making a strong bid to make this event [successful]. Their last big tournament was the 1994 FIBA World Championship. We are very happy to have three strong candidates," said Garcia.
“Canada Basketball is excited to host the FIBA Americas Evaluation Committee in Toronto as part of our proposal to host the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Men,” said Wayne Parrish, Executive Director and CEO for Canada Basketball. “Working closely with our bid partners, we have an eventful site visit planned that will showcase the very best of Toronto, from the award winning Air Canada Centre arena to world-class hotels, restaurants and venues. I am confident that Canada meets all of the requirements to host this prestigious tournament.
“Canada has demonstrated our capacity to successfully host a wide variety of international sporting events and Toronto is a multicultural basketball city eager to invite the world to celebrate our great sport. With 2011 marking the 120th anniversary of the invention of basketball by Canadian Dr. James Naismith, the timing would be ideal to host the FIBA Americas Championship for Men while commemorating this milestone on home court.”
On May 22 all three bidding countries will make a presentation to the FIBA-Americas Central Board in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After the presentations, the members, except the bidding countries, will vote for the best candidate.
The country that gets the lowest number of votes in the first round is eliminated and a second round of voting begins with the two countries left. The one that gets the most votes wins.
After the result is known, there will be a news conference to announce the host of the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship, which is a qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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