Coup for Tenerife as island wins international basketball event
The Intercontinental Basketball Cup 2020 will be held in Tenerife in February.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has chosen the island as the venue for this important competition, which will be held between February 7th and 9th at the Santiago Martín sports pavilion, with C.B. Canarias as host and organising team.
The teams that aspire to win the Intercontinental Cup are the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (USA), current champion of the G-League and NBA Develop-ment League; Virtus Bolonia (Italy), current champion of the Basketball Champions League; San Lorenzo de Almagro (Argentina), two-time cham-pion of the League of the Americas; and C.B. Canarias, current runner-up of the #BCL.
President of Tenerife Cabildo, Pedro Martín and vice presi-dent, Enrique Arriaga, pre-sented this sporting event at a press conference, accom-panied by the vice president of Iberostar Tenerife, Santiago Cacho, and the insular Minister of Sports, Concepción Rivero.
Pedro Martín stressed that “the organisation of the Inter-continental Cup is an oppor-tunity to put Tenerife at the head of sports competitions, with this event of great international impact, very important for our foreign promotion, but that also represents a recognition of the work done by Iberostar Tenerife, which bears the name of the island and the Canary Islands throughout the national territory throughout the year ”. The president added that “Tenerife fans can enjoy basketball of the highest level on the island.”
Enrique Arriaga detailed the record of the participating teams and explained that “we have been working for some time to get the Intercontinental Basketball Cup 2020 played in Tenerife and we have achieved that the FIBA recognises the organisational capacity and good work of our island in sporting events, as we have done on previous occasions, hosting top-level competitions, which have been a success regarding the organisation and public reception”. Arriaga added that it is a worldwide impact event, which will be broadcast on televisions around the world.
The vice president of Iberostar Tenerife thanked the Cabildo for its response “to this challenge and the club’s proposal” and to the FIBA for its commitment, while highlighting “the opportunity for the island to organise an event of this nature and appealed to companies to support and get involved with this competition, which will have an impact in many areas.”
Likewise, Concepción Rivero expressed satisfaction with the fact that Tenerife has been chosen by the FIBA to host the 2020 Intercontinental Basket-ball Cup, “a spectacular event that we will be able to enjoy on the island all sports and basketball fans”.
The 2020 Intercontinental Cup competition format includes the relevant semifinals, which will be played on Friday, February 7th and the match for third place and the final, which will take place on Sunday, February 9th.