Spain makes pitch for FIBA Women’s World Cup

Spain has submitted a bid to host the 2018 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s World Cup.

In 2018, the Women’s World Cup will be played under its new title for the first time, having previously being named the World Championship for Women.

Spain claimed the silver medal after losing to the USA in the final of the recently completed edition in Turkey, following on from its 2010 bronze medal in the Czech Republic and gold at EuroBasket 2013.

Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) president Jose Luis Saez and the president of Spain’s High Council for Sport Miguel Cardenal officially submitted their country’s bid.

“The Spanish Federation is eager to showcase and make the most of the golden generation that the country's women's teams have experienced in recent years,” Saez said. “Over the last decade, our teams have won 35 medals across world and continental championships in junior and senior women's categories.

“The 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup is the centrepiece of our project 'Women's Universe' which covers different promotional activities, growth and development of women's sports.”

In August and September this year, Spain hosted the Men’s World Cup as the USA defeated Serbia in the final to defend its title.

“We were very happy to have hosted the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup this past summer for our men's team and we want to present the same amazing opportunity to our women,” Cardenal said. “Basketball is the sport that women participate in the most in Spain, more than football. So they deserve to show what they are able to do – like they did in Turkey a few weeks ago – at home, in front of the home fans.”

At present, Spain has more than 144,000 licensed female basketball players. Israel, the second candidate for the 2018 event, is expected to submit a bid after site visits are undertaken this week.