The famous Palais Beaublanc hosted the beginning and the closing Ceremonies of the 23rd ISF Basketball World Schools Championship. The Opening Ceremony was animated by a spectacular show made by local sport associations who reflected the cultural heritage of France in front of 6000 people. A new initiative was the unified basketball games of Special Olympics.
Pascal Robert, his colleagues and all the volunteers have dedicated their best to organize an unforgettable World Schools Championship for 28 different countries and more than 1000 participants based on the Motto Education through Sport. Beyond the high level sporting performances, youngsters had the opportunity to exchange and learn more from other cultures during the Night of Nations and the Cultural Day.
With the presence of Laurent Petrynka, President of the ISF, Julia Boyanova, President of Technical Commission of Basketball, all the Technical Commission members, the ISF Delegate, Nicos Megalemos, and Eric Micoud, former player of the France team, the finals were held in Palais Beaublanc. The Girls Final (France 1 - Germany) was a close-game, which finished in prolongation. Finally the team of France 1, representing the school of Bourdonnieres in Nantes won with 4 points (69-65). This is the first time that a French Girl Team wins this title.
Following the Girls Final, Turkey and Finland played the Boys Final. Turkey won 81 to 69 which have not surprised the audience as four players measured over 2m05, one having already played in the Euroleague this season (Omer Faruk Yurtseven), nevertheless Finland played a remarkable final. In boys Category, Israel won the 3rd place as for girls, Serbia ranked third.
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If you are basketball fans, save the date for the 3X3 Basketball in Tallinn, Estonia in 2016 and as for Basketball in Porec, Croatia in 2017.