Former Spanish player Pau Gasol was pleased to be the official ambassador of the Women’s Basketball World Cup that will be played in Australia until October 1 and to be able to see in situ how this facet of his sport “is growing”.

“I’m a huge fan, women’s basketball is growing and I can’t wait to get to Sydney and watch the best teams in the world compete for the highest honor in international basketball. The level of skill, intensity, physicality and passion that you are athletes bring to the court is incredible,” said Pau Gasol in statements provided by FIBA.

The Catalan recalled that “playing for your country on the biggest stage is the greatest pride.” “Basketball is about team play. It’s about moving the ball, sharing it, finding an open teammate, creating an offensive flow. It’s a selfless game,” he said.