Spanish wheelchair basketball appears to be in crisis this week as a number of teams have declined to be elevated to La Liga de Honor or declined to continue to participate in La Liga División de Honor for the upcoming season.
Caja Vital Zuzenak was one of the teams declining to go up when offered the opportunity in early May after finishing in the winning the Primera División. The team cited the decision at the time not to go up because of a lack of financial support that would allow them to acquire transfer players to compete at that level. They also talked about the importance of player development, with club President Julio Roca saying at the time, It is a considered decision. The Zuzenak club’s priority is the development of our young players, and at the highest level, they would get little playing time.”
CAI Deporte Adaptado and Cludemi Almería finished eleventh and twelfth respectively in last season’s División de Honor. Both teams have declined to continue to participate on that level. Servigest Burgos and UNES-FC Barcelona finished third and fourth in Primera División and were offered the opportunity to go up, but both declined.
As it currently stands, División de Honor has 11 teams scheduled to participate, while Primera División has 20 teams. In the next few days, Comisión Nacional de Baloncesto en Silla de ruedas and Comité Ejecutivo de la División de Honor are expected to meet to discuss the situation.