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2019 General Assembly - Election of the European Board members
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Turgay Demirel re-elected as FIBA Europe President

MUNICH - Turgay Demirel was re-elected as President of FIBA Europe for a second term by the General Assembly of the member federations in Munich, Germany on Saturday. This makes Demirel the second elected member of the FIBA Central Board for 2019-2023 cycle after Burton Shipley, the re-elected President of FIBA Oceania.

A former member of the Turkish national team and President of the Turkish Basketball Federation, Mr. Demirel has headed FIBA Europe since 2014 and is now set for another term of office until 2023.

He is also the Vice President of FIBA.

Having received 27 of 50 votes, he prevailed over FIBA Europe Vice President Cyriel Coomans from Belgium in the second round of voting. From the three initial candidates, Dejan Tomasevic, the Secretary General of the Serbian Basketball Federation did not progress to the second round of voting.

"I would like to thank all candidates and each National Federation for showing their support to the candidates they trust. I would like to congratulate all the elected Board members. It promises to be an exciting era and as I said before we can only be stronger if we remain united in our family in Europe but also all over the world. We know exactly what the challenges are and we are ready to work hard for the next four years. " said Mr. Demirel.

FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said: “President Horacio Muratore and I would like to congratulate Turgay Demirel for his re-election as President of FIBA Europe, as well as all members of the European Board. The new Board has a great diversity and representation from all corners of Europe, a proof that basketball is not a privilege of only a few nations. We look forward to continuing working well together for the good of the game.”

FIBA Executive Director Europe, Kamil Novak, added: "European Federations have decided on their new representatives for the next four years. I would like to thank everybody for their great effort to deliver the General Assembly this year and look forward to working with our new Board for the benefit of European basketball." 

Karl Thaler of Austria was re-elected as FIBA Europe Treasurer, with 27 votes, 5 votes more than Grzegorz Bachanski of Poland who was also challenging for the position.

The Assembly also elected 23 members of the Board. Those are (in alphabetical order by Federation):

  • Nastassia Marynina (BLR)
  • Georgi Glushkov (BUL)
  • Stojan Vrankovic (CRO)
  • Athos Antoniou (CYP)
  • Michal Konecny (CZE)
  • Jorge Garbajosa (ESP)
  • Keio Kuhi (EST)
  • Jean-Pierre Siutat (FRA)
  • George Kartvelishvili (GEO)
  • Wolfgang Brencheidt (GER)
  • John Goncalves (GIB)
  • Asterios Zois (GRE)
  • Ivan Bodrogvary (HUN)
  • Bernard O'Byrne (IRL)
  • Amiram Halevy (ISR)
  • Maurizio Bertea (ITA)
  • Edgars Sneps (LAT)
  • Mindaugas Spokas (LTU)
  • Manuel Fernandes (POR)
  • Carmen Tocala (ROU)
  • Natalia Galkina (RUS)
  • Matej Erjavec (SLO)
  • Giancarlo Sergi (SUI)


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