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FIBA Europe Review 2003

Dear Friends,

As another very busy year draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to give you an update of FIBA Europe’s events and activities since moving to the new offices in February of 2003.

Betancor Appointed FIBA Europe Referee Coordinator
Spanish international referee Miguel Betancor has accepted a position within FIBA Europe as Referee Coordinator. The newly created Referees department will concentrate on the development and education of all European FIBA Referees.
FIBA Europe Appoints New Marketing Manager
FIBA Europe made a new addition to its staff recently, when former international player Yannick Souvré joined the organisation as Marketing Manager.
European Championship Draw Seedings Announced
The road to the 2005 European Championships for Men and Women begins at 12:00, on 13th December, 2003 in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, when the draws for the Qualifying Rounds will take place.
PAOK Thessaloniki Out of FIBA Europe League
As a result of PAOK Thessaloniki’s non-appearance in Ankara, Turkey to play their scheduled FIBA Europe League Game with Turk Telekom, FIBA Europe accepts PAOK’s withdrawal from the competition.
Board of FIBA Europe Meets in Rome, Italy

The Board of FIBA Europe met in Rome on 21st and 22nd November for its 5th meeting of the 2002 – 2006 term of office.

The Board discussed the new system for national team competitions and approved the ranking system and the final rankings for the Senior Men, Senior Women, U16 Boys and U16 Girls.

FIBA Europe President Speaks on the Future of European Basketball

FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos was in Madrid, Spain today at the Pedro Ferrandiz Foundation where he gave a presentation entitled “The Present and Future of European Basketball”.

New Television Direction for FIBA and FIBA Europe
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and its European Zone (FIBA Europe) have announced today that they will not be renewing their existing agreement with Sportfive which ends in December 2004.
General Assemblies of FIBA Europe League and FIBA EuroLeague Women meet in Munich

The General Assembly of the FIBA Europe League met today in Munich, Germany, prior to the Draw, which will be held tomorrow, Saturday 19th July 2003 at 10:00. All 32 clubs competing in the competition attended the meeting and unanimously agreed to the following decisions.

FIBA Europe Club Competition Draws attracts top stars

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2003 will see the draws for the 2003/2004 FIBA Europe club competitions taking place in Munich, Germany. The draw will not only be attended by over 400 delegates from the participating clubs and federations, but also several top names from the basketball world.

FIBA Europe 2003/2004 Club Competition Draws

The dates and venue for the draws of FIBA Europe's 2003/2004 club competitions have been set and will take place at the Kempinski Airport Hotel in Munich, Germany on 19th and 20th July 2003.

144 Clubs Register for FIBA Europe Club Competitions

Registration for the 2003/2004 club competition season is now complete and a total of 144 clubs have registered via their national federation. Several changes have been made in order to revamp the club competitions and some new features include:

Mr. Dan Kesten - Obituary

The world of basketball lost one of its most prized people Thursday, 19 June 2003. Mr. Dan Kesten, 65, died suddenly in his home in Tel Aviv shortly before rescue services arrived.

The FIBA Europe League is Born !

The FIBA Europe Executive Committee and Competitions Commission, meeting jointly in Munich on Tuesday, 10 June 2003, have taken the following decisions on the structure and format of FIBA Europe club competitions for the coming 2003-2004 season:

FIBA Europe's position regarding agreement with ULEB

In regards to Euroleague CEO Mr. Jordi Bertomeu's statements to the Greek press on 30th May 2003, FIBA Europe would like to clarify several issues referred to by Mr. Bertomeu. FIBA Europe has no wish to assign blame to anybody, merely to state the facts.

FIBA Europe and ULEB

Dear Mr. President,
Dear Basketball friend,

As you know, FIBA Europe held its General Assembly in Sevilla, Spain, over the past weekend and a number of important decisions were taken, in particular related to the on-going conflicting situation with ULEB.

FIBA and FIBA Europe support proposed text for an Article on Sport in the European Unions' new Constitution
FIBA has been cooperating over the past months together with the IOC, the Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF) as well as with European and International Team Sport Federations UEFA, FIFA, EHF and IIHF to achieve a common proposal on the recognition of sport in the European Community Law.
FIBA Europe General Assembly meets in Seville, Spain

The FIBA Europe General Assembly met on 17th and 18th May 2003 in Seville, Spain in its first session since FIBA Europe became an autonomous FIBA Zone Commission in May 2002.

The Assembly confirmed its willingness and desire for all national federations in Europe to work together to continue to promote and develop basketball in Europe.

FIBA Europe General Assembly too meet in Seville, Spain

The FIBA Europe General Assembly will meet on 17th and 18th May 2003 in Seville, Spain for the first session of the 2002 - 2006 term of office. The meeting is hosted by the Spanish Basketball Federation. The General Assembly will be preceded by a meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe on 16th May.

2003 European Championships for Cadets and Cadettes - Draws determined
The draw for the European Championships for Cadets and Cadettes was held today in Madrid, Spain, hosted by the Spanish Basketball Federation.
FIBA Europe and ULEB move closer to an agreement
FIBA Europe and ULEB representatives met yesterday to continue negotiations to unify European basketball. Both sides professed their satisfaction and optimism in resolving the issues that had previously prevented an agreement between the two sides.
FIBA Europe Champions Cup to be played in Thessaloniki, Greece
The Champions Cup quarter-final play-offs finished on Tuesday evening. All 8 games were fiercely fought affairs, which contained their fair share of surprises. "I think the play-offs have been a clear example of the quality of teams in the Champions Cup," commented FIBA Europe Sports Director Kosta Iliev.
FIBA Europe Cup Women's Final Four to be held in Russia
After having received bids from France, Spain and Russia, FIBA Europe has decided that the FIBA Europe Cup Women's Final Four will be held in Samara, Russia.
FIBA Europe Board meets in Warsaw, Poland

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.

Board of FIBA Europe Meeting Agenda

The Board of FIBA Europe will meet for its 3rd session of the 2002-2006 term of office on 28th and 29th March, 2003 in Warsaw, Poland.

Among the items on the agenda for discussion are included:

Bnei SK Hasharon forfeits Champions Cup against Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia

Bnei SK Hasharon has contacted FIBA Europe to indicate that it is unable to host the Champions Cup game against Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia in Sofia, Bulgaria on 25th March, 2003.

Euroleague Women Final Four to be held in France

After careful consideration of bids received from France, Russia and the Czech Republic, FIBA Europe has decided that the Final Four of the Euroleague Women will take place in Bourges, France.

Champions Cup Game in Israel - Revised Schedule

Further to the press release of 21 March, 2003, next week's Champions Cup games in Israel have been moved due to the escalation of war in Iraq.

FIBA Europe statement regarding games in Israel

Due to the escalation of war in Iraq and the impact on security and safety concerns for games taking place in Israel, it has been decided that the following 2 Champions Cup matches will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria.

33rd European Championship for Men 2003 - Draw determined!

The Draw for the Final Round of Eurobasket 2003 was held today, 14th February in the Gyllene Salen, Stockholm Town Hall. The ceremony was hosted by the Swedish National Basketball Federation and conducted by FIBA Europe Executive Director Nar Zanolin and Sports Director Kosta Iliev.

European Championship for Men 2003 - final 16 participants determined

The Semi-Final Round of the 2003 European Championship for Men has come to an end with the following teams qualifying for the Final Round, which will take place 5th - 14th September, 2003 in Borås, Luleå, Norrköping, Södertälje and Stockholm, Sweden.

29th European Championship for Women 2003 Draw Determined

The Draw for the Final Round of the above championship was held today, 19th January 2003, in the Olympic Academy, Olympia, Greece. The results were as follows: