|30 January 2014|
|The official basketball of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup|
FIBA, in conjunction with Molten, a world leading manufacturer of competition quality sports balls, have unveiled the official ball to be used at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (30 August-14 September) in Spain.
This will be the first time ever a custom designed basketball has been developed exclusively for an individual FIBA event, incorporating the elements of the championship's brand identity.
FIBA Europe will be represented at FIBA's flagship event by France, Lithuania, Spain, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Russia, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Israel and Finland will be hoping to join the seven confirmed European contestants, learning on Saturday 1st February if they have earned any of the four available wildcard positions in the tournament.
Molten have provided the official basketball at FIBA's flagship event since 1982. At past tournaments, the official ball has featured the logo of the event in question. For Spain 2014, the GL7 game ball will combine Molten's trademark 12-panel, two-tone Giugiaro design with a new custom 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup design.
"We are very excited to unveil this very special ball that will be used by the best players and best teams in the world at this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup," said FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann.
"This ball is one-of-a-kind because it integrates the look and feel of the tournament. It brings to life the essence of the logo. You can see the hands that symbolise players fighting for the ball. The bright colours are the ones that best represent the championship.
"We are extremely grateful to Molten for helping us develop this special product. It is the result of a great partnership that we have enjoyed with them for over 30 years now."
Kiyo Tamiaki, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Molten Corporation, said: "We are very pleased to serve as the official game ball for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and have our basketballs used in FIBA's highest level of competition by some of the most elite athletes in the world.
"For the first time ever, the official game ball features a unique 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup design and we are honoured to provide these special basketballs to celebrate this highly-prestigious event.
"Guided by our brand statement "For the real game", Molten is committed to producing the absolute best products to serve and exceed the expectations of the global basketball community."