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Spain submits candidature to host 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup
MIES - Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) President Jose Luis Saez and the President of Spain's High Council for Sport Miguel Cardenal visited the House of Basketball on Friday to officially submit the country's candidature to host the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.
Formerly known as the FIBA World Championship for Women, 2018 will mark the first time that FIBA's flagship event for women's basketball is played under its new name.
"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," said Mr Saez.
"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."
Mr Cardenal said Spain is looking to offer the same opportunity to its women as it did its men.
"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," he explained.
"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."
Spain has over 144,000 licensed female basketball players. FEB and the High Council for Sport both see the huge benefits of hosting the leading women's national team basketball tournament as a way to further boost participation and expand the legacy of Spain 2014.
"We want to keep increasing the participation in basketball in Spain, the participation and interest in women's basketball and in women's sports in general. This helps show the values of equality and of sports to kids."
Mr Saez and Mr Cardenal were welcomed at FIBA's headquarters by FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Honorary President Yvan Mainini and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann.
Israel, the second candidate, is expected to submit its own bid after site visits take place next week.