COPENHAGEN INVITATIONAL 2020 IS CANCELLED

Hello basketball friends

We hope that each and every one of you out there are staying safe and taking care of your families.

It is with heavy heart that we must inform you that the Danish authorities have just prolonged its prohibition against larger assemblies until August 31st 2020. The prohibition will affect this year’s Copenhagen Invitational.

Though we feared this would happen, we have until now hoped that is wouldn’t end this way. However, the risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus is too large when many people are gathered, and that consideration is by far the most important.

Consequently, there will be no Copenhagen Invitational 2020.

Copenhagen Invitational was founded in 2008 and this 13th edition was really looking to be something special with high level teams coming from a record number of 20 countries and 7 national federations. Teams from 4 continents were to take part in the 2020 tournament. The interest for the tournament this year has been the highest ever and we thank you all sincerely for this.

We know that expectations has also been high. Together we have crossed our fingers and held our breaths in the hope that this virus would loosen it’s grip on every one of our countries, and give us the opportunity to meet this summer. Unfortunately, that wasn’t supposed to happen after all.

We know a lot of you will have questions. Please bear with us since everything is so new. Within the next two weeks we will contact each and every one of the participating clubs personally to settle things.

This year’s Copenhagen Invitational could and should have been the light at the end of the dark tunnel that all of us are currently in. It should have been a celebration for basketball enthusiasts.

We will now contact all of our partners, suppliers, societies and volunteers again– all those that take part in creating Copenhagen Invitational. Together we will work hard on creating an outstanding Copenhagen Invitational in 2021. For the love of the game that is our shared passion.

Thank you for your support and kind messages. Take good care of yourselves and each other.

On behalf of the organization committee behind Copenhagen Invitational

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Welcome!!

Copenhagen Invitational is an exclusive basketball tournament for developing National team talent in U14 and U15 age range. The tournament is recognized internationally by FIBA Europe, as one of the best youth tournaments benefitting the development of National team players, coaches and referees. In addition to the participating National teams, there are also a few select teams invited to take part in the tournament. The aim of the tournament is to help the participating, National Federations, players, coaches and referees, mature, advance and progress. Copenhagen Invitational does it by creating the best possible game conditions in a welcoming, friendly and safe environment of competition in order to foster growth and development of all three parties to the next level.

The Invitational was founded in 2008 as a local tournament and since then the interest of the tournament has grown year by year. Thanks to a large group of volunteers, we have been able to welcome and meet the challenge of hosting a high quality, FIBA recognized, youth tournament. Today the tournament hosts more than 30 teams and in addition, runs a referee education program. It is our goal that our participants and visitors to the tournament feel the best possible treatment and warm "Velkommen til Copenhagen Invitational”.

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Welcome to Furesø Kommune!



Dear all,

I want to welcome you all to the Municipality of Furesø and the international youth basketball competition.

We are very happy to have so many young people visiting us and hope very much you will enjoy your stay here.

This event has attracted more and more young basketballplayers over the years and we are now hosting more than 700 participants from 15 different countries. I am very proud of this achievement by the Værløse Basketball Club and all the volunteers who made it all possible.

I hope that you, apart from playing a lot of basketball, also get time to socialise, meet new friends and spend some time sightseeing in our municipality which is very green and beautiful this time of year.

I wish you all a pleasent stay and may the best team win.

Ole Bondo Christensen
Mayor of Furesø Kommune


Welcome to Rudersdal Kommune!



Velkommen til fremtidens basketstjerner!

Jeg er glad for endnu en gang at kunne byde velkommen til flere end 700 unge basketballspillere fra hele verden, der kommer til Danmark for at deltage i ungdomsbasketball-turneringen Copenhagen Invitational 2019.



Vi glæder os til at se internationale talenter folde sig ud i vores haller og repræsentere deres sport. Over 200 frivillige har i månedsvis knoklet for at for turneringen.



Det fortjener al mulig respekt og påskønnelse, for det er arrangementer af denne type, der gør vores lokalsamfund levende og inspirerende for vores børn og unge og ikke mindst sætter vores byer på landkortet. Det er ganske enkelt imponerende, at det er lykkedes for syvende år i træk at få hele den spirende internationale elite hertil.

Interessen for basketballspillet herhjemme kan vi konstatere er støt stigende, og vi kan glæde os over at flere og flere børn og unge melder sig ind i lokale klubber over det ganske land til en sport, hvor et stærkt sammenhold er et centralt og bærende element.

I Copenhagen Invitational vil vi se det folde sig ud for fuld kraft - altimens store dele af verden kigger med for at se hvem der mon bliver fremtidens stjerner.

Endnu en gang tak for det enorme frivillige arbejde, der ligger bag turneringen fra de to klubber, Birkerød Basketball Klub og Værløse Basketball Klub.

Jeg ønsker alle en rigtig god turnering.


Med venlig hilsen


Jens Ive
Borgmester
i Rudersdal Kommune
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