Turgay Demirel was first elected as FIBA Europe President in May 2014. He is currently serving his second term in this role and has been FIBA Vice President since September 2014.
He has been the founding President of the Foundation for Development and Education in Turkish Basketball since 1992 and was President of the Turkish Basketball Federation from 1992 to 2015.
Turgay’s history with FIBA is very strong being a member of the FIBA Finance Commission from 1998 to 2014 and also President of the commission from 1998 - 2002, FIBA Europe Vice President, FIBA Europe Board Member from 1994 to 2002 and then 2006 to 2010, and member of the FIBA Europe Executive Committee from 2006 to 2010.
Turgay was named Sports Personality of the Year by Milliyet Newspaper, the Sedat Simavi Journalists’ Association, Okan University, Aba Izzet Bayal University, and the FMV Isik Schools. During his career as a player between 1975-1988, he wore the jerseys of Galatasaray Sports Club as team captain and Yenisehir Istanbul Bankasi and he also played for the Turkey National Basketball Team.
Cyriel Coomans (BEL) - 2013-2014
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George Vassilakopoulos (GRE) - 2002-2010