The Costa del Sol hosts “large-scale” projects. It celebrates the First International Basketball Convention and will host, from June 24 to July 3, the Maxibasket European Championship.
The Diputación de Málaga held the CIBA in Fuengirola, International Basketball Convention, which took place from June 17 to 24. The date will link directly with the Maxibasket European Championship, FIMBA, which will have its venues in Malaga, Cártama and Fuengirola. These are two “great scale” events that promote sport in the province of Malaga.
Regarding the CIBA, already celebrated, the former basketball player, Bernie Rodriguez, confirmed that for the Diputación “it is an honor to participate in this type of initiative that promotes sport, and above all, schools”. He also thanked the collaboration of the provincial entity because “this type of event, if it is not carried out by entities such as the Provincial Council, it is practically impossible to carry them out.”
Six courts were installed outside the pavilion for the event Juan Gomez ‘Juanito’ and more than 400 players from all categories participated, from juniors onwards. In addition to basketball, many other sports were practiced at the hands of the Municipal Sports Schools of the Diputación.
On Sunday 19, at 12:30, the Olé-Stars game was held, a parody of the legendary NBA game in which the best stars face off. Players with cognitive functional diversity and well-known Andalusian figures made an appearance, including: Carlos Cabezas, Fran Vázquez, Thomas García, Javi, Pablo Imbroda or Dani Rovira and Clara Lago.
Five days later, the central act of CIBA: CIBAforum. At the Peace Palace in Fuengirola, talks were given at round tables, in which international coaches and players participated. During the act, Sergio Scariolo was awarded, he was already named Adoptive Son of the Province in 2016 and the player Astou Ndour. Lastly, the creation of the Superbasket Lover League, Endesa’s new line of promotion, was confirmed.
June and July These are two very intense months for the province of Malaga, as far as basketball is concerned. To the sum of the mentioned acts, and with hardly a day of rest, another “mega event” begins: FIMBA.
The International Maxibasket Federation (FIMBA) will follow the baton of the CIBA. For this reason, the 11th European Championship will take place until July 3. Málaga capital, Cártama and Fuengirola will be in charge of hosting the event. On this occasion, the number of participants is higher compared to the previous event, a total of 2,700 athletes from different countries will be part of this event.
The maxibasketball It is a new category, exactly a cluster of categories, which welcomes players over 30 and 35 years old. The purpose of this project is to remove the prefix “ex” from the words player and player.
The participation of 183 teams is expected. Of these, 125 men, with the category with the most entries being that of those over 60, with a total of 23. A total of 58 women’s teams complete the event, with the category with the most entries being F50 with 15.
The total set of participating nations is 20 Europeans: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine. There will also be 14 non-Europeans: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.
The venues that host the sports competition will be, in Malaga, the CSports City Javier Imbroda, the pavilions of Ciudad Jardín, Los Guindos, Los Olivos, Tiro Pichón and José Paterna; in Cártama, it will be the Sports City and in Fuengirola the Elola 1 and 2 Sports Complex and El Higuerón Training Center.
With the celebration of these two large-scale projects, the first time that the province celebrates events with so many participants in this sport, Malaga bets on basketball.