FIBA President Muratore attends ceremony in Puerto de la Cruz, 'home' to Women's World Cup teams
TENERIFE (FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018) - FIBA President Horacio Muratore on Monday afternoon headed a delegation that attended a ceremony in Puerto de la Cruz, a city on the north coast of the island of Tenerife.
While the games of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 are played in San Cristobal de la Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz is the place that 14 of the 16 competing teams are calling home during the tournament, staying in two hotels and using the training facilities there.
Mr Muratore, accompanied by Manuel Gomez, Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) Vice-President and President of the Canarian Basketball Federation (FBC), as well as by representative of the teams staying in Puerto de la Cruz met with the city's Mayor, Lope Afonso, and the Councilors for Sports and Tourism, respectively Javier Gonzalez and Dimple Melwani at the town hall.
All the representatives signed the city's golden book.
Mr Muratore thanked Puerto de la Cruz for hosting the teams and paid tribute to the different national teams and federations present, saying: "They really are the base, they work hard and in the case women's basketball even harder. We will work tirelessly because this really is the start of a new era, which both FIBA and its national member federations want to have in effect for women's basketball all over the world."
Mr Afonso said: "For Puerto de la Cruz it is an honor to be part of an event of the magnitude of the FIBA Women's World Cup. It is really a challenge and thanks to you all, we're being in some way stars of the tournament. The event increases the possibilities of notoriety and repercussion for the town, so we thank FEB and FIBA for giving Puerto de la Cruz the chance of being part of the organization of the competition."
Mr Gomez said: "The city has worked so hard to become a training venue for the Women's World Cup and is very excited to be part of the organization. The legacy of the tournament will be seen in the city and this is something to be proud of."
After a day off on Monday, the action resumes on Tuesday when teams battle to move on to the next round.