10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE
The Belarusian Basketball Federation (BBF) was affiliated with FIBA in 1992, having been a part of the Soviet Basketball Federation before. BBF, the governing body of basketball in Belarus, is located in capital Minsk, being in charge of the organisation, development and promotion of basketball in the country.
At professional level, BBF is running two men's leagues, one women's league as well as the men's and women's cup competitions. Seven teams are participating in the men's and women's topflight, the Premier League, respectively. Besides the senior competitions, the Federation focuses on the development of youth players.
The national youth leagues are divided into four age categories, with the boys playing at U14, U15, U16 and U17 level, while there are U14 and U15 leagues for the girls. In addition to the youth leagues, BBF organises further youth basketball tournaments, wishing to promote basketball and a healthy lifestyle among young people, increase sportsmanship as well as to prepare and identify the best players and coaches for the national teams.
Belarus first participated in Youth European Championships during 1994, with the U22 team winning the first gold medal since the country's independency. The Belarusian side overcame Spain in a thrilling semi-final, 69-67, and went on to beat Italy in the title game, 96-91. The gold medal remains the greatest success in Belarusian men's basketball up to date.
The women's teams have taken two medals in Division A championships, with the bronze medal at EuroBasket Women 2007 being the greatest achievement. The Belarusian side suffered a 54-70 loss against Spain in the semi-final, but claimed a precious 72-63 triumph over Latvia in the game for third place to take a first medal by any Belarusian senior national team. The team confirmed their status reaching the semi-finals at both, EuroBasket Women 2009 and the World Championship in 2010.
|Belarus' players are celebrating after defeating Latvia to win the bronze medal at EuroBasket Women 2007|
STATS & FACTS
Year of foundation: 1992
President: Victor Kamenkov
- U18 Men: 4,720
- U18 Women: 2,210
- Senior Men: 210
- Senior Women: 152
- Juniors: approximately 2,000
- Seniors: approximately 1,500
Registered clubs: 12
Registered coaches: 420
NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
1994 European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in Maribor, Postojna, Ljubljana (Slovenia): 1st place
1997 European Championship for Cadettes in Sopron (Hungary): 4th place
2003 European Championship for Cadettes in Nevsehir (Turkey): 2nd place
2004 European Championship for Women U16 in Torino, Biella, Novara, Cuneo (Italy): 4th place
2007 EuroBasket Women in Chieti (Italy): 3rd place
2009 EuroBasket Women in Riga (Latvia): 4th place
2010 World Championship for Women in Ostrava, Brno (Czech Republic): 4th place