FIBA Europe Attends Presentation Of Independent Sports Review In Switzerland

31 May 2006

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos and Secretary General Nar Zanolin attended the Team Sports Associations meeting hosted by UEFA at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Wednesday.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the conclusions and recommendations of the Independent European Sports Review, conducted by José Luis Arnaut. The review was launched in February by Mr. Arnault, United Kingdom Sports Minister Richard Caborn and UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson.

The meeting was attended by executive representatives from FIBA Europe, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) and European Handball Federation (EHF) and chaired by UEFA President Lennart Johansson and CEO Olsson.

Mr. Arnaut was also invited to the meeting and presented himself and the conclusions of the review, which was published last week and contains numerous recommendations and proposals on how European football and sports in general should be run in the future.

Among the items discussed at the meeting were:

  • Context and Terms of Reference for the Independent Review UEFA "Vision Europe"
  • The Independent Review: Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Initial UEFA Reactions to the Independent Review

At the end of the meeting, UEFA President Lennart Johansson said:

"We are delighted with the outcome of the meeting.

"UEFA and the other European Team Sports Associations face very similar concerns in running our sports. We are determined to work together in order to implement the conclusions and recommendations of the Independent European Sports Review and safeguard therefore the future of the sports movement in Europe."

"This is another positive step in our efforts to deal with many issues currently facing sport in Europe," said Vassilakopoulos.

"I am very happy that we have extended our collaboration to include all of Europe's team sports federations," added Zanolin.

"If we all work together, we have a much greater chance of addressing problems which threaten us all."

UEFA along with all other European Team Sports Associations that joined the discussion agreed to maintain regular contact and collaborate in the upcoming months in order to address the above issues. All European Team Sports Associations present at the meeting will now analyse the findings of the review and commit themselves to undertaking the necessary steps and pledge action in line with the report's recommendations.


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