Girls' basketball championship to bounce into Eilat

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will hold its European girls' basketball championships in Eilat this July, reports Eighteen of Europe's best girls' teams are expected to participate in the tournament after the federation struck an agreement with Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevy recently. According to the report, FIBA - from the French Federation Internationale de Basketball - has not held any events in Israel for 13 years, despite holding numerous tournaments and showcase events around the world for men, women and under-18-year-olds. The report did not state why, although FIBA games that had been planned to be held in Israel in 2006 were rescheduled in Bulgaria when the Second Lebanon War began. A local Basketball Federation spokesman said the city of Eilat had now reached an agreement to host the European girls' championship in July this year, with games to be held at the Rabin Stadium and the new Begin Stadium.