|French Basketball Federation President Jean-Pierre Siutat and FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson present the EuroBasket Women 2013 official logo|
The EuroBasket Women torch was handed over in Lodz, Poland today ahead of the 2011 Final, when exciting plans were outlined by France who will host the tournament in 2013.
"We are sat here right now at the peak of this EuroBasket Women tournament in Poland and ready to celebrate a new champion. However as one door closes we are very happy to be opening the door for our new competition in two years," said FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson
FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin meanwhile was quick to express his desire for EuroBasket Women to evolve into an even bigger and better event.
"We have gone through a number of Eurobasket Women tournaments in the past and the level of competition this year has been absolutely exceptional.
"We have had a lot of new players and new teams which have come to the fore. The final is a classic example with the participation of Turkey who are now becoming a force in Women's basketball.
"We also had Montenegro, a country of just 600,000 people who only have 35 active senior women players and yet they finished sixth. That is phenomenal and my hat goes off to them - it's just terrific what they have done.
"We are now trying to find the right dimensions for Womens basketball events since I don't think large arenas will achieve what we want, or at least for now.
"After discussions with our EuroBasket Women 2013 hosts, I think we have the right dimensions next time and we hope the venues will be full all of the time.
"As always, we will do our best to co-operate with the French Federation and we are sure it will be a great success."
Jean-Pierre Siutat, French Basketball Federation President and a member of the Board of FIBA Europe echoed the sentiments of Mr Zanolin when he presented the proposals which will see the tournament utilise five venues, including three new Arenas.
"I am very glad to present how we want to organise EuroBasket Women 2013 in France. We decided to organise the event because it has been such a long time since we hosted an international event like this.
"We decided not to select big cities with big arenas because we understand we need to have the best possible venues with nice dimensions that suit Women's basketball."
The tournament is proposed to take place between 15 June and 30 June across five venues.
The first round will take place in Trelaze in a new 5,000 seat Arena while the other venue for the early stages will be confirmed at a later date but will be located in the Bretagne region.
Second round action will be based at Vendespace (in Mouilleron le Captif) and also at a venue in the Nord region of France which will be outlined soon.
The new champion of Eurobasket Women will be crowned at a new, state-of-the-art 5,000 seat Arena in Orchies.