FIBA Europe Board concludes final meeting for 2019-2023 cycle in Munich
MUNICH (Germany) - The FIBA Europe Board, term of office 2019-2023, convened in Munich, Germany for its 22nd and final meeting, on Thursday, May 18, 2023.
Outgoing FIΒΑ Europe President Turgay Demirel chaired the session, with FIBA President Hamane Niang, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and FIBA Executive Director Europe/FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak also in attendance.
Following Mr. Demirel's remarks, there were interventions by Mr. Niang and Mr Zagklis, while Mr. Novak and the chairs of the Competitions, Youth and Women’s Commissions also presented their reports.
The following key topics were also discussed:
Russian, Belarussian clubs not eligible to register
The Board of FIBA Europe decided to apply also to the European club competitions the ruling that FIBA's Executive Committee and Central Board as well as FIBA Europe Board earlier this year, regarding Russia and Belarus teams.
Specifically, teams from the Russian Basketball Federation and of the Belarusian Basketball Federation are not eligible to register for the upcoming club competition season 2023-2024 – those competitions being FIBA Europe Cup, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women.
FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023
A report on the progress in the preparation of the event, which takes place in Slovenia and Israel from June 15-25 was presented to the Board.
A proposal by the Competitions Commission for EuroCup Women to create a true pan-European competition from the very start, by removing regionalization for the early phases, was accepted by the Board. Therefore, as of the 2023-24 season there will be no regional restrictions (Conferences) in place for the Draws, starting already with the Qualifiers.
Youth Championships 2024
The Board approved an early designation bid by the Polish Federation for the FIBA U20 European Championship 2024. The event will be hosted in the city of Gdynia.
Following the meeting all Board members received a symbolic award for their service during the last four years.
FIBA (fiba.basketball) - the world governing body for basketball - is an independent association formed by 212 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).