|FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin and FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson present new Honorary President George Vassilakopoulos with the award for his contribution to basketball|
The FIBA Europe General Assembly, the most important annual event in the European Federation's calendar, concluded Sunday in the beautiful Portuguese town of Sintra.
The event, one of the busiest ever, was organised by the Portuguese Basketball Federation and Sintra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, was represented by its Mayor, Mr Fernando Seara, who opened proceedings with a welcome speech.
There was a spirit of union in the air as representatives from the member federations approved changes in the FIBA Europe bylaws and listened to presentations by FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and the various FIBA Europe commissions.
Former President George Vassilakopoulos received an award for his contribution to basketball during his two terms of office as President of FIBA Europe. Vassilakopoulos was also named FIBA Europe Honorary President.
Dan Kesten, Valery Kuzin and Peter Klingbiel were all established posthumously as FIBA Europe Honorary members. The General Assembly voted to find the appropriate moment to present members of their immediate family with the award.
FIBA Europe Treasurer and International Wheelchair Basketball (IWBF) President Jan Berteling presented a report on IWBF matters while representatives of the EuroBasket 2011 and EuroBasket Women 2011 Organising Committees gave the General Assembly delegates an update on the current state of play at their respective events.
The Board of FIBA Europe also convened at Sintra to, among others, approve changes in the Regulations.