|27 April 2006|
FIBA Europe was shaken by the news today that Vice-President Valery Kuzin has passed away at the age of 42.
Kuzin was elected Vice-President of FIBA Europe in 2002 and was due to stand for re-election at the upcoming General Assembly on 13th May in Munich, Germany.
As well as his duties with FIBA Europe, Kuzin also served as honorary President of the Russian Basketball Federation, 1st Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee along with his full time job as a member of the Russian state parliament.
Kuzin’s funeral will be on Saturday 29th April in Moscow. He leaves behind a wife and three sons.
FIBA Europe offered the following tributes to Mr. Kuzin.
“Valery Kuzin was a loyal and committed member of the European basketball family. He played a major role in developing basketball not only in his home country of Russia but across Europe. He will be sorely missed,” said President George Vassilakopoulos.
“We would like to extend our sympathy both to Valery Kuzin’s family and the entire Russian basketball community,” added Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
“His death came as a terrible shock to us and it is a huge loss for FIBA Europe.”