On the main square of Zagreb, Josip Jelačić, 39 was officially opened on Thursday. EuroBasket for basketball players who will play in Riga, Berlin, Montpellier and Lille in addition to Zagreb.
EuroBasket was jointly opened by Croat President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović and President of FIBA Europe Turgay Demirel.
"Year 1989. Zagreb was the stage for a great event that inspired numerous talents to become big players. Stars like Drazen Petrovic, Toni Kuko and Arvydas Sabonis inspired numerous boys to become basketball players. This year, other basketball players will inspire a new generation to start playing basketball. For the first time EuroBasket is organized in four countries, it is our obligation because we have to join our supporters, "said FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel.
"I'm glad to be with you at the opening of the most important basketball competition tonight. Croatia is in many world-top sports, and medals from major competitions have promoted us to a prominent sport nation. I believe that these successes have also contributed to the organization of the part of EuroBasket. I am convinced that the city of Zagreb will be a hospitable host, and our guests want to bring beautiful memories from Zagreb, "said President Grabar Kitarović.
Croatian Basketball Association President Ivan Šuker said in his speech that Zagreb is the center of world basketball because this year nothing more important than the EuroBasket is taking place in basketball, and he also recalled the trophy history of Croatian basketball, especially referring to the silver medal won at the Olympics games in Barcelona 1992. years.
Mayor Milan Bandić addressed the gathering at the main Zagreb square:
"The City of Zagreb is a city of sports and here again we show how we can host the biggest sports events, in this case EuroBasket. Feel the best in this city in the next week and we'll see you again soon, why not for four years. "
Minister of Science, Education and Sports, Vedran Mornar, welcomed the ceremony that the Zagreb Arena will be full during the competition in the first stage of the competition, and that the Croatian national team will be held longer in Lille where they will to hold the final.
After the official part of the ceremony at Jelačić Square, a free concert for the gatherings was held by the legendary rock band Prljavo Kazalište.