Polish Government Behind EuroBasket 2009

12 May 2007

The government is going to do everything to make EuroBasket 2009 in Poland an organisational success.

This was the message conveyed by FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and Polish Basketball Federation President Roman Ludwiczuk at a press conference this afternoon in Warsaw.

Nar Zanolin at a press conference in Poland.
Nar Zanolin addressed media at the press conference in Warsaw.
“We met with the Minister of Sports [Tomasz Lipiec] and he confirmed that his country will provide any financial support necessary,” said Vassilakopoulos.

Case in point is Lipiec’s openness to the idea of a new state of the art arena in Warsaw.

“Poland is a big country with a great history right in the center of Europe,” explained the FIBA Europe President.

“However Warsaw has no arena to host major sporting events. We asked the minister to consider the building of a modern arena in Warsaw and he accepted this request and promised to start with this project as soon as possible.”

Zanolin pointed to Poland’s success in organising past basketball events and this weekend’s General Assembly as a reason for optimism.

“Whenever we have assigned an event in Poland in the past, there was never any doubt that it would be an organisational success,” said Zanolin.

“This General Assembly has been organised perfectly. In the same way, we are confident that the best possible conditions will be in place for EuroBasket 2009.”


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