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International tournament of veterans will bring together more than 600 participants in Santander

From 3 to 5 June, Santander will host the V International Basketball Tournament among veterans. charitableand which will take place in the Palazzo de los Deportes and in the pavilions of the University of Cantabria and the School of San Agustín.

The competition, which “It has already established itself” at the European level as one of the most outstanding amateur tournaments on the circuit.will bring together about 600 participants from nine different countries The economic benefit to the city is expected to be around €350,000.

Additionally, as this is a charity and non-profit tournament, proceeds from the matches and the charity dinner held on Saturday night will go to the Lovaas Foundation, which supports and helps children with autism.

The competition will feature 54 teams from Ireland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Croatia, Luxembourg, Denmark and Spain (Cantabria is represented by two teams in each category), divided into men’s and women’s categories, divided into two groups by age groups . age, one over 40 and the other over 50. Each team will play a minimum of four games, regardless of their final classification, so over 100 games are expected during the tournament to be judged by collegiate judges that the Cantabrian Basketball Federation will ensure the event is hosted.

The tournament was unveiled today at a press conference attended by Mayor Hema Igual; sports advisor Felipe Pérez Manso; Mario Iglesias, Director General for Sports of the Government of Cantabria; vice-rector of the University of Cantabria, Mario Magnana; head of the sports department of the San Agustin school, Julio Zaballa; and SMBT Elemental Sports Club organizer Alberto Diaz.

The same one indicated that the City Council is “glad” at the opportunity to cooperate in this initiative, which combines “sport, tourism and solidarity. Three key aspects of our society”, and recalled that sport is based on such values ​​as “effort, sacrifice or perseverance”.

For his part, Perez Manso emphasized that one of the main aspects of the work of the Department of Sports is to attract sports events that generate the economy in the city, and this tournament “is a prime example of this.” Mario Iglesias, in turn, confirmed that the plan of the Cantabrian government for sports consists of two directions that combine economic activity with sports, and he hopes that this fifth edition “will be as successful as the previous ones.” Mario Magnana noted that the promotion of sports in Santander is one of the main goals of the University of Cantabria, as it has a positive effect “on the creation of jobs and the formation of good healthy lifestyle habits.”

Finally, the organizer Alberto Diaz noted that this event, interrupted for two years due to the pandemic, will bring “great economic impact” because, in addition to the participants, there are “about 100 volunteers, as well as relatives and friends of the players.”


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