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Draw for 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women on Wednesday

U17W-draw-25-02-2014The draw for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women will take place on Wednesday in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

The third edition of the youth tournament will tip off on Saturday 28 June and run through to Sunday 6 July.

The FIBA U17 World Championship for Women is where the stars of tomorrow are born.

The 16 teams from across FIBA’s five zones that will compete in the tournament are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mali, Mexico, Slovak Republic, Spain and the USA.

Five teams will be making their debut at the U17 world championship for women level, including the host nation.

The draw, which will see the teams divided into four Preliminary Round groups, takes place at 11am local/GMT +1 time.

The championship will be staged in two competition venues, located within walking distance from one another: Hant Arena, the home of BK Inter Incheba Bratislava, and the Aegon Arena NTC, a multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility.

The inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Women was staged in Toulouse and Rodez, France in 2010. The second edition took place two years later in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The USA have won both editions to date, which featured the 12 best national teams in the world from across FIBA’s five continental zones on both occasions.

The success and interest in the first two U17 women’s events was so high that, starting in 2014, the tournament will consist of a 16-team field – the same competition format as the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.

The FIBA U17 World Championship for Women came into being following the success of its “older sister”, the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, which made its debut in 1985.

Both U17 and U19 Women’s tournaments – and their men’s equivalent – cater to the growing potential and popularity of youth competitions and ensure that every generation of global basketball talent gets the chance to compete at the highest international level.

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