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14/09/2019
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Honorary President Horacio Muratore appointed new IBF President

BEIJING (China) - Horacio Muratore, newly named FIBA Honorary President, after presiding over FIBA from 2014 to 2019, has been appointed the new President of FIBA’s Foundation, the International Basketball Foundation (IBF).

This appointment, which is made by the board of the IBF, was announced in today's Central Board meeting, along with other various key appointments. 

Horacio Muratore succeeds Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani from Qatar, who took over the role in 2017 when FIBA Honorary President Yvan Mainini retired his position due to health reasons at the time. 

Horacio Muratore said today, “I am very pleased to be taking on this new role with the IBF. Sport is a powerful tool and the IBF has made a big impact on numerous communities in its short history.  My goal is to further continue this great work with new opportunities, whilst always promoting the values and heritage of our great game.”

The IBF is the social, educational and legacy arm of FIBA that addresses the role of sports and particularly basketball in society, preserving and promoting basketball’s values and its cultural heritage. It was founded in 2008 and currently has 15 ongoing projects worldwide that also include Mini Basketball and 3x3 Basketball for Good Tournaments.

The list of the IBF members for the 2019 - 2023 term is:
Mr Horacio Muratore (ARG), President  
Mr Pedro Ferrandiz (ESP), Honorary President
Mr George Vassilakopoulos (GRE), Vice-President 
Mr Manfred Ströher (GER), Treasurer, Vice-President
Mr Hamane Niang (MLI), ex officio member
Mr Andreas Zagklis (GRE), ex officio member
Mr Ingo Weiss (GER), ex officio member
Mr Burton Shipley (NZL)
Mr Eduardo Bazzi (ARG)
Mr Jean-Michel Ramaroson (MAD)
Shaikh Isa bin Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa (BRN)
Mr Kiyofumi Tamiaki (JPN – Molten)
Mr Xu Jingnang (CHN – Peak)

To learn more information about the International Basketball Foundation click here. 

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About International Basketball Foundation
The International Basketball Foundation (IBF) was founded in 2008 by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The IBF's mission is to address the role of sports, in particular, basketball, in the fields of community building, education, women empowerment, health and well-being, as well as conflict resolution.

With its Basketball For Good projects, the IBF promotes the values and cultural heritage of basketball as a vector for change and develops inclusive programs to tackle pressing issues that affect children and youth in the concerned communities.

The programs are initiated by the IBF and implemented in partnership with FIBA's member federations, local NGOs and partners with the aim of supporting collaboration between local actors and to drive economic growth in the relevant regions.