|FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson stressed the importance of EuroBasket 2013 as a top-level international event|
FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson travelled to Ljubljana to meet with Government representatives following an invitation by the Slovenian Government.
The meeting was meant to pick up on-going discussions about FIBA Europe's flagship event and one of the most important sport events on the continent, EuroBasket 2013.
The Government group, consisting of the Director of the Sports Directorate, Drago Balent, the Director of the Communication Office of the Republic of Slovenia (UKOM), Anže Logar and the negotiator of the Ministry, Dusan Sesok instead attempted to renegotiate parts of the sponsoring agreement for EuroBasket 2013 between FIBA Europe and the Slovenian Republic.
Information on the matter was exchanged, but no decisions have been taken.
FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson afterwards pointed to the existing contracts, which have to be honoured.
"We have valid agreements with our partners in Slovenia which were the result of a long and fruitful process and those must be respected," he commented.
"EuroBasket is a sports event with a huge magnitude and for the success of the event it is necessary for all parties involved to make a maximum effort.
"The last EuroBaskets have shown the immense international interest that creates a considerable financial turnover within the country and that it is also possible to leave a lasting legacy for basketball."
Mr Rafnsson also pointed out that FIBA Europe had already lowered the hosting fee before the hosting agreement was signed.
"I will soon travel to Slovenia for more meetings, together with the Treasurer of FIBA Europe and at least one Vice President and I would really like to have the Slovenian Basketball Federation on the table as well," he concluded.