Spain is known throughout the world as a country that provides great warmth and hospitality and which is extremely passionate about sport. For these reasons, it is the perfect setting to hold the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
When sporting events are held in Spain, entire cities and provinces get fully immersed and involved in them. The Spanish people see these gatherings as great opportunities to find out about other ways of life and experiencing those, while also gaining an appreciation for other cultures.
Within that context, FIBA's flagship competition in 2014 will serve as a humane, social, integrating and global event. It will also serve as a great opportunity to spread the values of basketball - fair play, respect, proudly representing one's country - to inspire the youth of Spain and beyond for years to come.
Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Bilbao, Gran Canaria and Granada - these will be the places to be for basketball and sports lover from 30 August to 14 September 2014 when the FIBA Basketball World Cup takes centre stage.
Spain is no stranger to hosting leading sporting events. This is a reflection of how the country has always placed a huge emphasis on sports, as part of improving the health habits and quality of life of its people.
The friendliness and openness of Spain's people, combined with the country's pleasant environments and the passion with which its people experience basketball make it the perfect place to be for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.