MIES (Switzerland) – One of the most striking features of FIBA’s past three decades is the incredible rise in visibility and popularity of women’s basketball globally.
While many trailblazers and legends paved the way long before today’s stars, female basketball players have become increasingly well-known since the early 1990s in particular.
The dynamism and attractive play displayed by the Brazilian national team during this period acted as a catalyst. Terrific performances from the fantastic trio of Hortencia, ‘Magic’ Paula Goncalves and Janeth Arcain opened the eyes of many fans to women’s basketball and finally gave it some of the consideration it has since deserved. long time.
Some epic duels with the USA have also benefited from this boom, with the emergence of players like Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi. Simultaneously, Australian Lauren Jackson began to build her great reputation and amass titles and other individual recognition.
The evolution of stars has accelerated further over the past decade, with several competitions enjoying growing interest thanks to their broadcast on multiple platforms. Athletes have been able to take advantage of the explosion of social networks, which allow them to show their talent to the world.
The American duo Breanna Stewart-A’Ja Wilson, the Belgian Emma Meesseman, the Chinese Xu Han and the Australian Ezi Magbegor have today taken over and they shine on each of their outings, serving as role models for the generation. coming.
As FIBA approaches its 100th anniversary, the growth and development of women’s basketball continues to be one of FIBA’s strategic priorities, on and off the court.