SYDNEY (Australia) – International hoops icon Pau Gasol has been named the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Ambassador, which tips off on September 22 in Sydney, Australia.
Gasol, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2006 MVP, one of the most decorated players in the history of national team basketball as a superstar with Spain, a two-time NBA champion, has long been a strong advocate for giving women opportunities in sports and in all walks of life.
A close friend of the late Kobe Bryant, who was passionate about helping the women’s game grow, Pau Gasol and his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate shared the same vision of not only promoting women’s basketball but helping players reach their full potential.
Gasol has stated that female coaches should have the same opportunities as men to be candidates of head coach jobs of men’s pro teams.
“I am a huge fan. The Women’s game is rising and I can’t wait to be in Sydney to watch the best teams in the world compete for the highest honor in international basketball. The level of skill, intensity, physicality and passion those athletes bring to the court is amazing”, said Pau Gasol.
“To play for your country on the biggest stage, it’s the greatest pride,” he added. “Basketball is all about team play. It’s about moving the ball, sharing the ball, finding an open teammate, creating a flow offensively. It’s an unselfish game.”
Hoping for the right chemistry, twelve teams will take on the daunting task to win the trophy.
About the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022
The 19th edition of FIBA’s most distinguished women’s event, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, will take place in Sydney, Australia from September 22 to October 1.
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is supported by the NSW Government through its major events and tourism agency, Destination NSW and the Office of Sport.
For further information about the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, visit womensbasketballworldcup/2022 or follow FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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