European Basketball Mourns Passing Of Ernesto Segura de Luna

30 August 2008

FIBA Europe was sad to learn on Saturday of the passing of former Spanish Basketball Federation President Ernesto Segura de Luna at the age of 86.

Segura de Luna was the longest serving President in the history of the FEB, holding the post from 1972-1984 and then again from 1992-2004.

Born on 11 February 1922, Segura de Luna was a lawyer by trade and a fixture in the Spanish and European sporting world.

He received the Olympic Order of Merit in 2005 and was a member of the Spanish Olympic Committee as well as serving for a time as the President of FIBA Europe.

"We were very sad to learn of the passing of Ernesto," said FIBA Europe's current President George Vassilakopoulos

"Basketball was his first love and he will always be remembered by all of us who had the honor of knowing him and working with him."

Segura de Luna also accomplished plenty away from basketball as the devoted father of 14 children.

"Ernesto was not only a wonderful and capable administrator but a great friend and an outstanding human being." commented FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.  

"He will always remain in our thoughts."

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