The ceremony was held at the Santiago Grisolía Auditorium of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, presented by former Spanish international Amaya Valdemoro and Eddy Vidal and with the participation of two other former players, Anna Montañana and the french Cathy Melain.
Spain, France, Serbia and Belgium have been the seeds and the groups have been established as follows:
Group A (Valencia)
Spain, Sweden, Belarus and Slovakia
Group B (Valencia)
Serbia, Italy, Montenegro and Greece
Group C (Strasbourg)
Belgium, Slovenia, Turkey and Bosnia & Herzegovina
Group D (Strasbourg)
France, Russia, Czech R. and Croatia
In each group a league of all against all will be played (3 days). The first classified of each group will go directly to the quarterfinals; and the second and third parties will face each other in round of 16 matches. Spain will debut on the 17th against Belarus, with a schedule yet to be confirmed. On Friday 18 they will face Sweden, while on Sunday 20 they will close the first phase against Slovakia. The full calendar can be consulted on the official website
The president of the FEB, Jorge Garbajosa, he assured that “Since the granting of the Eurobasket organization until now, many things have happened, and almost none of them simple. But there will be the best teams, the best players, the best referees, and we are preparing the best organization and the best of our smiles to receive them. “
Turgay Demirel, President of FIBA ??Europe added that “Eurobasket continues to be the flagship competition for FIBA ??in Europe. And in the 2021 edition it will be a special edition, with Spain and France as participants and organizers, with a remarkable track record of success in recent years on and off the pitch. “ Jean-Pierre Siutat , president of the French Basketball Federation pointed out that “Our cities will be ready to receive the best players. We hope the fans can enjoy them. “
Andres Campos, Sports deputy of the Valencia Provincial Council, stated that, “We hope that in June this shared dream can be celebrated in better conditions than the current ones. I hope that normality will soon arrive and we can celebrate a Eurobasket as it deserves. “ Borja Santamaria, Managing Director of the Municipal Sports Foundation (FDM) of the Valencia City Council, assured that “The city is showing its organizational potential even in these days of a pandemic. There is no better framework to promote women’s basketball than on a day like today, International Women’s Day. “ By last, Rachel Tamarit, Secretary of Culture and Sports of the Generalitat Valencia pointed out that “Eurobasket is an event to which we are committed from the beginning, because it combines some of our objectives, such as promoting women’s basketball and turning Valencia into the city of sport.”
After the draw, the FIBA ??Secretary General, Kamil novak, dismissed the attendees stating that “These are unique moments for everyone around the world, but we know that the competition is in the best of hands. Two Federations that treasure the experience and conditions necessary for EuroBasket 2021 to be the best possible tournament. “
They were also present at the event Kamil novak (Executive Director FIBA ??Europe), Ljubomir Mandic (Director of Competitions), Elena Tejedor (director of the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation) and Salvador Fabregat (President of the Valencian Basketball Federation). The ceremony also served to present the tournament mascot, Lola, 100 days after the start of the tournament.