FIBA Hall of Fame
For those who made the game
Hall of Famers
Valentin Lazarov (Bulgaria)
Born on October Monday, 1931, in in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Enshrined as a technical official in the FIBA Hall of Fame on June Wednesday, 2013.
- Basketball referee from 1950
- FIBA referee (1958-1983)
- Officiated more than 440 international games and finals: FIBA World Championships and European Championships, African Championships, Asian Championships, Korac Cups, Ronchetti Cups, Final Fours, etc.
- Since 1980: FIBA International Instructor, conducted 336 FIBA and other International Clinics for referees, commissioners and instructors in 116 countries
- FIBA Commissioner (1983 – 2007)
- Member of FIBA Technical Commission since 1976
- Vice-President Technical Commission FIBA Europe (1996-2004)
- Official FIBA Interpreter of the Rules (1992 -2005)
- 10 Olympic Games participations
- Author of 2 books on Basketball officiating and more than 20 articles in various sport magazines, Manuals for Commissioners, Manuals for National instructors, etc.
- As a player: basketball team of French College (1946-1949)
- Graduated from 2-year school for talented players (1950-52)
- Captain of the basketball team of the Technical Univesity in Sofia (1949-1954)
Distinctions & Recognitions
- Honorary National Referee in Bulgaria (1958)
- FIBA/FFBA CUP for ""BEST REFEREE IN EUROPE"" (1962)
- Honorary FIBA referee (1976)
- Golden Whistle as best referee in Bulgaria
- FIBA Cup - "Radomir Shaper" (2000)
- FIBA Basketball Oscar (2002)
- Honorary President of the Bulgarian Referees’ Association (2005)
- FIBA Africa ""Äbd-El-Azem Ashry"" Cup (2006)
- Honorary Citizen of Sofia
- 6 highest Bulgarian professional awards for his projects/medals