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14/06/2010

BEIJING (2010 FIBA World Championship) - China will have a very important warm-up event against Canada this summer as they prepare for the FIBA World Championship under their new coach, Bob Donewald Jr.

The Chinese will play against the Canadians at the Jack Donohue International Classic on August 10 in Vancouver.

“I am very excited as this will be a very good road test for Team China as we prepare for the World Championship,” said Donewald, who was handed the reins to China’s national team in late April.

“We, Team China, need some tests outside of our country, and we feel this will be a great environment in a great city to get started away from home. 

"This is a warm-up game against a very athletic, talented Team Canada.

“We look forward to seeing some friendly faces in Vancouver as both teams prepare to get each other better and get ready for a successful summer.”

China will play in Group C of the FIBA World Championship against Greece, Ivory Coast, Russia, Puerto Rico and hosts Turkey.

Those games will be staged in Ankara.

Leo Rautins, the Canada coach, is happy to be playing games in British Columbia.

“We have a quite few guys on our team from B.C. and this is the ideal environment to tip off the JDIC and our busy summer of competition,” Rautins said.

Canada will compete in Group D in Turkey against New Zealand, Lebanon, Lithuania, France and Spain.

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