The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Thursday officially launched the 2014 edition of its flagship tournament by revealing its brand new name, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, at a special event in the Spanish capital on 26th Jan 2012.
There was a distinct national flavour to the evening as the logo of the FIBA Basketball World Cup was unveiled and the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) formally presented the six host cities – Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Granada and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann explained the thinking behind the name change of the biggest international basketball tournament from ‘FIBA World Championship’ to ‘FIBA Basketball World Cup’ in front of the more than 400 guests which included eminent members of Spanish society, political institutions and the business world.
“The new name is short and catchy. The term ‘World Cup’ is known by people all over the globe and resonates in different languages: Copa del Mundo, Coppa del Mondo, Coupe du Monde,” he said.
Nepal Basketball Association President Mr. Lama Tendi Sherpa and Secretary General Mr. Dinesh Thapa attended the launching ceremony of FIBA Basketball World Cup at Madrid on 26 Jan 2012.