On 14 November 2009 FIBA Europe officially opened their new headquarters in Munich, Germany.
Among the dignitaries on hand for the event was Munich mayor Christian Ude who addressed those in attendance.
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished Guests
The City of Munich would like to join in expressing its heartfelt congratulations to FIBA Europe on the official opening of the new head office here at Ismaninger Straße.
Let me say that the City feels very honoured to extend a cordial welcome to all representatives of national basketball associations who have come to Munich, the City of Sports from all over the world.
|Munich Mayor Christian Ude at the opening of FIBA Europe's new home.|
It goes without saying that our city felt very sorry when FIBA, the World governing body of basketball, relocated its registered Seat from Munich to Geneva in 2002.
On the other hand, we were delighted that FIBA Europe, the European Basketball Federation, decided to keep it's offices at Widenmayerstrasse as an independent umbrella organisation of European basketball.
So, we are even more pleased that FIBA Europe can open its new office building here in the impressive neighbourhood of Bogenhausen where it will have modern facilities with lots of space.
With the decision to establish a new head office in our city, FIBA Europe demonstrated a long-term commitment to the city of Munich.
So, let me express my heartfelt gratitude today to all members of the board or FIBA Europe and people in charge of FIBA Europe for this decision in favour of our city.
By doing so, FIBA Europe re-confirms and strengthens the reputation of Munich as a stronghold of sports.
Our city's reputation, as you may know, has to do with its excellent sports facilities and its power of attraction as an open metropolis of culture as well as a popular venue of large-scale sports events.
Every year, top-notch international sporting events are held in this city.
In recent years alone, Munich had been the venue of the European Track and Field Championships in 2002, the World Cup in 2006 and the Rowing Championships in 2007.
Only last week, international top-class ice hockey matches were staged in the Munich Olympic Hall on the occasion of the "Germany Cup 2009", and the international football match Germany vs. Argentina will be held in our city which will draw a lot of attention.
But, of course, Munich is also the venue of sports highlights when it comes to basketball tournaments.
The final round of the European Cup in 1989 is still remembered, EuroBasket 1993 where Germany surprisingly won the European Title, as well as the Final Four of 1999.
Unforgettable above all is the Olympic basketball tournament during the Olympic Summer Games of 1972 in Munich.
As you may know Munich is the first city in the world to be allowed to bid for the Olympic Winter Games after the Olympic Summer Games were held here.
In the meantime, Munich is registered officially at the IOC as a bidding city for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. The city is now working full steam to ensure the success of the bid.
We want to set a new Olympic benchmark, especially with our concept focused on ecology and sustainability. In addition, Munich enters the bidding race with a rich variety of cultural programmes which will be supported by a sport-loving audience.
Well, basketball has no part in winter sports, to be sure, but wouldn't it be a great if the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games could be held here in 2018?
After all, the new office building will continue to strengthen the relationship between FIBA Europe and Munich.
So, let me say Thank You once again to FIBA Europe for the confidence you have placed in our city, and please accept my best wishes for enjoyment and success in your new home !