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The best basketball in the world is played in Tenerife

  • Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018, Tenerife, Canary Islands

For the first time in their history, Canary Islands have hosted a world-scale sporting event. The Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018, which was held on the island of Tenerife, has shown that the Canary Islands archipelago has the most modern and best-equipped facilities for hosting the best sporting events.

A world-class event

This was the first time that Spain has ever been the venue for this event in the women’s category and it was thanks to the organisation of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB). The 16 best teams of the international elite all came to Tenerife to try and take away the most important cup in women’s basketball. National teams from countries such as the United States, Belgium, China, Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico and Turkey were able to see the excellent facilities at the Tenerife basketball stadiums for themselves.

Elite sports pavilions

The competition games took place in the recently refurbished Quico Cabrera Pavilion, with capacity for 4,500 people and the Santiago Martín Tenerife Sports Pavilion, the venue par excellence for Tenerife basketball with capacity for more than 5,000 spectators. With over 300 accredited journalists covering the competition, the event was followed by almost 150 countries on television: real media repercussion that spread the image of Tenerife as an avant-garde, modern and well-equipped destination capable of hosting large world-scale events and as an island that is engaged with sport, especially women’s sport.

One of the bests competitions ever, it was rated 10 for organisation and the stands were almost completely full, with 98% of tickets sold to fans from all over the world. This world cup ended in victory for the United States, after they beat Australia in the final. For its part, Spain got the bronze after beating Belgium. The best basketball in the world was played in Canary Islands, a real showcase that is sure to open the door to future top-level sporting events being held here.

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