|Women's Commission President Ivan Bodrogvary (Hungary, left) and FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin at the Women's Commission Meeting|
On Friday the Women's Commission came together in Munich for a working meeting, discussing several topics connected with the female side of the game.
One of the dominating topics was the highlight in the women's basketball calendar, EuroBasket Women 2011 in Poland.
The success of the event and conclusions for future editions of the flagship event were evaluated and summarized.
Next up was an outlook for the upcoming EuroBasket Women.
While the Final Round might still be more than 18 months away, the season opens as early as in 2012 with the Qualification Round that will be played between June 12th and July 14th.
Future EuroBasket Women tournaments and possible improvements were also part of the discussion.
An important part of the work of FIBA Europe is the development of young talent through the Youth European Championship and thus the U20, U18 and U16 European Championships Women featured prominently on the agenda.
After a review of the successful 2011 events, some proposals to the Youth Commission were put together for the further improvement of those important tools.
"The young women and girls that play our beautiful sport are always in our focus" explained FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
"We aim to raise both the level of the sport as well as the public awareness of the women's game and make every effort to become better every year.
"We have the same number of staff dedicated to women's basketball as for the men" he concluded.
With the start of the EuroCup Women on Tuesday, both Women's club competitions within FIBA Europe, featuring a total of 54 teams are underway and spectators all over Europe anxiously follow their favourite teams.
Both the EuroCup and the EuroLeague Women were discussed, with a special focus on the first ever EuroLeague Women Final Eight, which will be hosted by Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey between 28th March and 1st April.
Several ideas on how to improve both competitions in future years were also brought to the table by the commission members.
The positive effect of social activities on women's basketball was also part of the agenda.
What followed was a detailed report on the annual International Camp for U15 Girls in Postojna, Slovenia.
The camp, in which every national federation can send two promising U15 players as well as a coach and referee was a big success and superbly supported and organized by the Slovenian Federation and the city of Postojna.
The meeting concluded with some additional topics such as 3on3 basketball, a growing part of FIBA Europe's activities and the integration of the women's game in that area.