Spain is "a women's basketball power, but perhaps lacks international recognition," according to EL PERIODICO. Because of this, the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) "has taken a step forward to bid to host the 2018 World Championship for Women, a candidacy that has the support of the Spanish government." Spain's Education, Culture & Sports Minister José Ignacio Wert said, "We are going to begin to work to bring the event to Spain, and in this effort, you will not be lacking our support. It seems like the minimum recognition for what Spanish women's basketball has accomplished." Amaya Valdemoro said, "The FEB is a model to follow for all organizations, not only for athletic success, but also for women battling to improve the futures of players after their playing careers" (EL PERIODICO, 11/6).
Events and Attractions
Only 5,000 tickets "will be available to the general public for Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test at the Wankhede Stadium which has a capacity of nearly 33,000," according to the PTI. The Mumbai Cricket Association said that "it can only offer around 5,000 tickets for Tendulkar's landmark 200th Test when India face the West Indies." MCA Treasurer Vinod Deshpande said, "Most of the tickets are our commitment tickets. For public sale it can go up to 5,000 tickets. If you count the 1,500 special tickets of Rs 10,000 ($160), the overall ticket total will go to 4,500 to 5,000 tickets. It will be season ticket, and not daily tickets. The demand is so high that we want to avoid the rush of people on the day Sachin comes to bat." The MCA "has not decided on the mode of sale for the tickets but said it will be either online or counter tickets." Deshpande: "We will keep counter sale of the Rs 10,000 tickets. We are also allotting these tickets on request. We will decide whether to make the ticket sale online or box office, in a day or two." The MCA "has already decided to print five tickets for each day with Tendulkar's photo playing different shots on both the sides, as a collector's item" (PTI, 11/6).
The $1M Longines Hong Kong Masters showjumping event in February "could be boosted by a similar -- or larger -- sum by the Mega Events Fund." It is believed the Tourism Commission's MEF is set to approve funding of HK$10M ($1.3M) for the three-day event, "which will attract the world's top show-jumpers and their horses for the second successive year" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 11/7). ... Premier cage-fighting league Ultimate Fighting Championship "unveiled the fight card for its inaugural event in Singapore," slated to take place on Jan. 4. The event, which is also UFC's first in Southeast Asia, will see world-class fighters Jake Ellenberger and Tarec Saffiedine square off in a five-round welterweight battle. And on Monday, "the new kid on the block, Rebel Fighting Championship," will announce details of its own inaugural edition, which takes place next month (ASIA ONE, 11/7).