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FIBA Europe Board meets in Warsaw, Poland

31 March 2003
New national team competition system approved

The Board of FIBA Europe met in Warsaw, Poland for the third session of the 2002 - 2006 term of office on 29th and 30th March, 2003.

The main issues on the agenda were:

National Team Competitions

The Board heard a proposal from the FIBA Europe Competitions Commission to change the existing system of national team competitions for senior men, women and all youth categories as of 2004.

Youth Categories (Young Men, Young Women, Junior Men, Junior Women, Cadets, Cadettes)

The Board approved the following principles:

  • There will be a European Championship Final Round for each youth category every year
  • Teams will be ranked into 2 levels (Groups A and B) based initially on past performance and participation in FIBA competitions since 1993
  • There will be no qualification tournaments
  • A promotion and relegation system will be instituted between Groups A and B

Senior Men and Women

The Board approved the following principles:

  • Teams will be ranked into 2 levels (Groups A and B) based initially on past performance and participation in FIBA Europe competitions since 1993
  • A promotion and relegation system will be instituted between Groups A and B, with play-off games determining which teams are promoted/relegated
  • Qualification games will be played in one block, allowing for an uninterrupted club competition season

"The new system of competitions reflects the guideline issued by the FIBA World Central Board to harmonise the national team and club competition calendars, and of the efforts to adjust to today's needs of European clubs, national teams and players," commented FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos.

"Some other advantages in instituting this system of competition are to create as many meaningful games as possible, to allow national federations to have a set fixed calendar and to give the opportunity for federations to have their top players play for the national team. More details regarding the exact system need to be ironed out and once this is complete a full presentation will be made and final details given," added FIBA Europe Executive Director Nar Zanolin.

Negotiations with ULEB

FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos gave the board members a report on the continuing dialogue between FIBA Europe and ULEB. The Board of FIBA Europe confirmed its support and commitment to reunifying European basketball and empowered the President and Executive Director to continue the talks and sign a possible agreement with ULEB.

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