(Toronto, Ont.) Canada Basketball announced today that they have
provided FIBA the opportunity to reassign the 2007 Men’s Under 19 World
Championship. The Championship was to take in Vancouver; July 12-22nd
.The difficult decision was made by Canada Basketball after some
significant additional risks were realized during the past few months.




Canada was awarded the Championship July 7th, 2006 after Malaysia released the tournament earlier in the year.

“We always knew we would be faced with some difficult logistical challenges due to our truncated time frame to stage such a large championship,” commented Canada Basketball Executive Director and CEO Fred Nykamp.

“We are disappointed having to take this action; however, we felt it this was the most prudent decision in light of new risks and our ambitious national agenda. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners, supporters and the province of British Columbia for their work and effort towards this event over the past months.”

The new location of the championship will be announced shortly by FIBA.

Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to the growth of the sport in Canada.  Just as important, Canada Basketball is focused on the development and preparation of Canada’s national teams for the Olympic; Pan American and FISU Games as well as the World Championships.  The aspiration of Canada Basketball is to instill the pride, commitment, passion and respect that Canadians personify into the development of basketball across the country and internationally. 



Mark Dottori                                                                                                                           

Manager of Communications                                                                 

Canada Basketball                                                                                 

Tel:  416.614.8037 x 202                                                                       

e-mail: mdottori@basketball.ca

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