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Robert Busnel (France)
Born on September 19, 1914, in Toulon, France.
Passed away on March 15, 1991, at the age of 76.

Enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame on March 01, 2007.


  • Started to play basketball in 1929 in ‘Foyer Alsacien de Mulhouse’
  • Player of the French National Team (1934-1949): Silver medalist in the 1949 European Championship in Cairo (he was also the head coach of that team)
  • Coach of the French Senior Men National and Senior Women National teams (1948-1960): Silver medalist in the 1948 London Olympic Games, Silver medalist in the 1949 European Championship in Cairo (he was both player and head coach on that team) and 2 times Bronze medalist in the European Championships of 1951, in Paris, and of 1953, in Moscow. Bronze medalist in the 1953 World Championship for Women in Santiago de Chile.
  • Technical Director of the French Basketball Federation: 1960-1964
  • Coach of Real Madrid in 1965-1966: Champion of the Spanish League
  • President of the French Basketball Federation: 1967-1980
  • Member of the FIBA Central Board: from 1956 onwards
  • President of the Standing Conference of Europe (current FIBA Europe): 1976-1982
  • President of FIBA: 1984-1990

Distinctions & Recognitions

  • Officier de la Legion d'Honneur (highest ranking title in his country, awarded by the French Government): 1989
  • IOC’s Order of Merit: 1990
  • Past President of FIBA: 1990 (in 1990, upon his term of office as FIBA President, Robert Busnel was unanimously elected Past President of FIBA)