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Artenik Arabadjian (Bulgaria)
Born on February 16, 1930, in Haskovo, Bulgaria.
Passed away on May 01, 2017, at the age of 87.
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Enshrined as a technical official in the FIBA Hall of Fame on September 22, 2009.


  • As a player, 4 times Champion of the Bulgarian League: 1952 and 1953 (with Udarnik, Sofia) and 1955 and 1957 (with Spartak, Sofia)
  • Head coach of the men's section of Balkan Botevgrad from 1986 to 1989
  • FIBA Referee from 1967 to 1983
  • Refereed in 3 Olympic Games: Munich 1972, Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980
  • Called the Munich 1972 Olympic Final (USSR vs. USA)
  • Refereed in 2 World Championships: Puerto Rico 1974 and Philippines 1978
  • Refereed in 6 European Championships: Italy 1969, Germany 1971, Yugoslavia 1975, Belgium 1977, Italy 1979 and Czechoslovakia 1981
  • Called the Final of the 1971 European Championship in Germany (USSR vs. Yugoslavia)
  • Called 4 Finals of the European Cup for Men's Champion Clubs (current Euroleague): the 1973 Final between Varese and Ts.S.K.A. Moscow, in Liège; the 1974 Final between Varese and Real Madrid, in Nantes; the 1976 Final between Varese and Real Madrid, in Geneva; and the 1978 Final between Real Madrid and Varese, in Munich
  • In 1976, FIBA awarded Artenik Arabadjian with the Silver Whistle in recognition to his outstanding career as a referee
  • In 1983, when he retired, FIBA named him Honorary Referee
  • FIBA Commissioner from 1983 to 1991
  • Elected in 2008 as one of the 50 Greatest Contributors in the History of European Club Basketball
  • Golden Whistle of the Bulgarian Basketball Federation for 7 years