9–17 Aug
    2024

    FIBA Europe Board approves hosts for FIBA European Youth and Small Countries Championships

    MIES (Switzerland) - The FIBA Europe Board, term of office 2023-27, concluded its second meeting in Mies, Switzerland, Friday.

    MIES (Switzerland) - The FIBA Europe Board, term of office 2023-27, concluded its second meeting in Mies, Switzerland on Friday.

    The session was chaired by FIBA Europe President Jorge Garbajosa, while FIBA President Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak were all in attendance.

    This is the first time that the European Board convened in the House of Basketball, marking a historic occasion, something that was reflected in the welcome speeches of both FIBA President and Secretary General.

    In a session headlined by the approval of Finland and Lithuania as FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2027 hosts, the Board also confirmed the hosts for the Youth and Small Countries events and made important decisions regarding FIBA EuroBasket 2025 and 2029, among other topics.

    FIBA European Youth and Small Countries Championships 2024

    With some hosts assigned already last year, the delegates approved the remaining hosts of the 2024 FIBA European Youth and Small Countries Championships, also confirming the early designations for the summer of 2025. 

    The Board also approved the recommendation by the Youth Commission to cancel the reservation of a spot for Russia and Belarus teams and revert to the normal relegation and promotion system (three teams go up from Division B and three get relegated from Division A); it also approved a proposal to unify the branding of Youth Championships.

    The hosts for the 2024 events are as follows: 

    YOUTH - MEN
    EVENT DATES LOCATION
    FIBA U20 European Championship July 13-21 Gdynia, POL
    FIBA U20 European Championship, Division B July 12-21 Pitesti, ROU
    FIBA U18 European Championship July 27 - August 4 Tampere, FIN
    FIBA U18 European Championship, Division B July 26 - August 4 Skopje, MKD
    FIBA U18 European Championship, Division C July 23-28 Elbasan, ALB
    FIBA U16 European Championship August 9-17 Heraklion, GRE
    FIBA U16 European Championship, Division B August 8-17 Skopje, MKD
    FIBA U16 European Championship, Division C July 9-14 Durres, ALB
    YOUTH - WOMEN
    EVENT DATES LOCATION
    FIBA U20 Women's European Championship July 6-14 Klaipeda & Vilnius, LTU
    FIBA U20 Women's European Championship, Division B July 6-14 Sofia, BUL
    FIBA U18 Women's European Championship August 3-11 Matosinhos, POR
    FIBA U18 Women's European Championship, Division B August 2-11 Ploiesti, ROU
    FIBA U18 Women's European Championship, Division C July 23-28 Pristina, KOS
    FIBA U16 Women's European Championship August 16-24 Miskolc, HUN
    FIBA U16 Women's European Championship, Division B August 15-24 Konya, TUR
    FIBA U16 Women's European Championship, Division C July 9-14 Gibraltar, GIB

    SMALL COUNTRIES

    EVENT DATES LOCATION
    FIBA European Championship for Small Countries June 25-30 Andorra la Vella, AND
    FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries June 25-30 Pristina, KOS

    The early designations for the FIBA European Youth Championships 2025 are as follows: 

    EVENT LOCATION
    FIBA U20 European Championship Heraklion, GRE
    FIBA U18 European Championship, Division C Durres, ALB

    FIBA EuroBasket 2025 

    The Board formally approved the request by the four hosts (Cyprus, Finland, Poland and Latvia) to choose a partner National Federation, a tradition established back in 2015.

    The partner country will be placed in the same group as the host country but cannot be from the same seeds in terms of the Draw.

    FIBA EuroBasket 2029

    The bid for countries interested in hosting FIBA EuroBasket 2029 will open with an invitation for letters of interest in April 2024, with the hosts assigned in June or July 2025. 

    Other matters and competition updates 

    In other matters, Mr. Zagklis outlined the FIBA strategy for the coming years and, among others, presented a short report with figures confirming the unprecedented success of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, where Germany were crowned world champions for the first time in history. 

    In his report, Mr. Novak offered information on a new Erasmus+ project, Hoops for Schools. 

    The Board also heard the reports by the Treasurer Grzegorz Bachanski and the various Commission chairs. 

    There were reviews of FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 as well as running reports on the Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments and upcoming Qualifying Tournaments, the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2025 Qualifiers, the FIBA EuroBasket 2025 Qualifiers and Pre-Qualifiers, as well as the FIBA Europe club competitions.

    The next Board meeting is scheduled to take place in Gibraltar in March 2024 with the following meeting and the FIBA Europe General Assembly 2024 organized in Slovenia in June next year.

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