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National federations and players representatives hold constructive talks at the House of Basketball
Front row (from left to right): Johannes Herber (GER), Victor Khryapa (RUS), Alessandro Marzoli (ITA), Alfonso Reyes (ESP), Mehmet Kerem Tunçeri (TUR), Ioannis Kalampokis (GRE) and Emmanouil Papamakarios (GRE). Second row: Maurizio Bertea (ITA), Jorge Garbajosa (ESP), Serbülent Şengün (TUR), Wolfgang Brenscheidt (GER) and Asterios Zois (GRE). Third row: Kamil Novak (FIBA Europe), Natalia Galkina (RUS) and Patrick Baumann (FIBA).
MIES, Switzerland - National federations and players representatives from Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain and Turkey on Thursday met with FIBA officials at the House of Basketball to discuss the current situation in European basketball as well as FIBA's new calendar that comes into effect next month.
The players' representatives were grateful to the International Basketball Federation for the invitation. They expressed their disappointment at not being involved in the process earlier and failing to be heard out by both FIBA and Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA) on this matter.
They highlighted the enduring importance of the national team to grow the sport of basketball and confirmed that representing their country is a player's single biggest honor.
Participants agreed to repeat such meetings regularly to discuss European basketball matters.
FIBA (fiba.basketball) - the world governing body for basketball - is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).