Bids come in for Women's EuroBasket 2021
Four countries have submitted bids to host basketball’s Women's EuroBasket 2021, FIBA Europe, the sport's continental governing body, announced today.
Spain, France, Sweden and Ukraine each submitted a bid by the 15 April deadline, with the process having been extended by FIBA last month to give interested member associations more time to file the necessary paperwork.
With none of the countries submitting a sole bid to stage FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021, FIBA Europe has decided that the group stage of the tournament will be co-hosted, with one of the co-hosts also serving as host of the final phase.
FIBA Europe will evaluate all venues and infrastructures before deciding on the hosts in July.
The Women’s EuroBasket has been staged jointly just once in its history, in Hungary and Romania in 2015, but will be again this year, in Serbia and Latvia.
Last month, the Spanish and French basketball federations held talks about launching a joint bid.
Spain is keen to stage another major women’s basketball tournament after hosting the 2018 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife.
It has hosted EuroBasket Women only once before, in 1987, while France has staged the event on four occasions, most recently in 2013.
Sweden and Ukraine have never hosted the biennial tournament.
Kamil Novak, FIBA executive director Europe, said: "We are pleased with the interest shown by our federations to host Women's EuroBasket 2021. We have four strong candidates with a rich pedigree and passion for women's basketball. Co-hosting has proven successful in the past and I am certain that we will again find exceptional hosts to grow the event and our sport further."
FIBA recently announced that the Men's EuroBasket 2021 will be a multi-country event once again, with seven countries submitting bids last month.
The Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia are all looking to stage what would be the 41st edition of the tournament.
Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia were the joint hosts of the 2015 EuroBasket, with Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey combining in 2017.