|24 August 2009|
Poland isn't the only place a champion will be crowned this September.
In fact the day before EuroBasket 2009 kicks off the final game of the FIBA Americas Championship will be played in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
FIBA Europe Referee Co-ordinator, Miguel Betancor, is currently in Puerto Rico for the FIBA Americas Marchand Continental Championship Cup. He traveled there with his Digital ScoreSheet team ahead of the FIBA Americas Championship where the technology will be used for the first time.
|FIBA Americas President Horacio Muratore Gets A Look At Digital ScoreSheet With FIBA Europe Referee Co-ordinator Miguel Betancor And His Team.|
There is enthusiasm at FIBA Americas about the technology at all levels with President Horacio Muratore on hand to get a first hand look at the technology.
Betancor commented: "FIBA Americas joined us at our EuroChallenge Final 4 in Bologna this year, to look at the technology and software we are using to assist in the development of the referees and to support the organization of the game. Following this we were invited to Puerto Rico to work with their people using the tools that we have developed."
However the partnership started back in 2007 at the EuroBasket in Spain. At that time FIBA Europe invited FIBA Americas and Brazilian national instructor, Geraldo Fontana to the EuroBasket to work with the Referee Department in developing the software. This relationship has continued with Fontana once again coming to Europe this summer to work during the EuroBasket women in Latvia.
"We have already worked together in producing the teaching materials for referees in 2008 and these materials are still in use with instructors in Europe and the Americas. However, we fully expect to continue this co-operation in the future, both with teaching materials and with the use and refinement of other technologies. The use of the Digital ScoreSheet and the Observer Programme here has been a great success", said Betancor.
The Digital ScoreSheet and the Observer Programme will be in place again this year for EuroBasket 2009 in Poland.