EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
|FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak is full of praise for the past EuroBasket Women in France |
Kamil Novak has returned pleased from France where he experienced his first EuroBasket Women as the FIBA Europe Secretary General.
Novak, who was in France for long periods throughout the Championship, spoke positively of his observations upon his return to Munich.
"I know I am the voice of many when I say that from FIBA Europe's perspective, the tournament was a success.
"You only need to look at some of the numbers to come out of the tournament to see that for yourself," he continued.
"Obviously, the crowd support the French received was fantastic. Every game the French played in was a sellout, but it was also encouraging to see their overall appreciation of the basketball on display, which was evidenced by the thousands in attendance at games not involving the French."
One of the best examples of this was a group of school children decked out in the red, green and yellow of Lithuania, supporting the Lithuanians in their final game of the tournament.
"In total there were over 133,000 spectators - an average of 2,500 a game. These are certainly amongst the best spectator numbers we have had at a women's tournament."
In addition to the large numbers of French people turning up, there was also plenty of travelling fans, exemplified by the ever-present yellow and blue in the bleachers when Sweden took to the court.
Also in blue and yellow, but in France in an official capacity was a Swedish film crew who were on hand to document the unprecedented success achieved by the Swedish women.
However, it was not just in the arenas where people were watching.
"For the final, the television audience for Spain and France was approximated at 4.4 million people - an extremely promising number for any female televised sport."
Fans around Europe were also learning of the overnight results when reading their newspapers at breakfast, with in excess of 250 media representatives present in France.
"It was great to see so much major media from around Europe present at the tournament. It goes to show that interest in the women's game is strong," concluded Novak.