With the EuroLeague Women All Star Game just 24 hours away members of both the Rest of the World and the Europe team spent Saturday meeting with the media and enjoying a day out in the city of light.
It was a chance for those who have never visited the French capital to spend some time taking in the sites, and to celebrate the accomplishments of the talented group who will entertain fans on Sunday.
"I am very happy to have the opportunity to welcome you to this important event." said FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos at a press conference to kick off the weekend
"I would like to thank everyone for being here. These great players and coaches, as well as the French Basketball Federation who have organized this event."
|FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos addresses the media.|
"I'm pleased to see all of you here showing your interest in, and support for, women's basketball," Added FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
The day's activities began with players helping to open a French League rugby match between Stade Francais and Bourgoin at the Stade Jean-Bouin, located not far from the arena where the All Star Game will be contested Sunday afternoon.
The players received a hearty welcome from the fans and distributed basketballs to the crowd on a walk around the pitch.
"I think having the game in Paris is a great way to put women's basketball in the spotlight." said Geraldine Robert of ESB Lille Metropole.
"It's such a thrill to be here, I couldn't believe it when they told me I was selected. It's such an honor."
In the afternoon players made their way to a photo shoot at the Eiffel Tower and shopping on the world famous Champs-Élysées before being treated to dinner while cruising down the Seine.
"It was really a perfect day," added Robert.
"I'm just trying to soak it all in and enjoy it as much as possible."