The decision was made by FIBA's Central Board as it fully endorsed the proposal put forward by the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) of staging a unique and innovative sporting event that combines all the elements most attractive to youth basketball players - competition, fun, shared experience, music and technology.
The young players, united by the excitement of basketball, will have the opportunity to be part of a diverse community, share experiences with boys and girls of the same age from different cultures and backgrounds and share personal hobbies and interests.
- Bringing added value to the youth championships
- Generating a bigger impact and visibility of women's competitions
- Reducing the cost of operations by joining two championships in a single venue and increasing the quality of the services
- Having a stronger sporting appeal with the best men's and women's national teams featuring in a single championship
- Providing more content and experiences for the players (education, competition, fun and equality)
- Creating ties among all participants and building a diverse and committed community working for the future of basketball
The event will consist of the two FIBA U17 World Championships, but also of a Solidarity and Creative Talent Congress and a Basket & Music Festival.
The four candidate venues to host this youth world basketball festival are Costa del Sol, Galicia, Madrid and Zaragoza.