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FIBA Europe Secretary General Calls For More Attention To Women's Game

07 March 2006

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin used the launch of the Year of Women's Basketball on Tuesday to urge the basketball community to come together to support the women´s game and highlight the accomplishments of some of the most talented female players in the world competing in Europe.

Speaking in front of the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game participants, international media and guests, Zanolin outlined FIBA Europe's commitment to the women's game through the Year of Women's Basketball project.

Ilona Korstin (right) and FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin at the launch of the Year of Womens Basketball
Ilona Korstin (left) and FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin
"50% of the basketball players in Europe are female and we have a duty to work with them as much as we do with the men," he said at the launch.

"That is why we decided, in co-operation with our Women's Commission, to create this new project, the Year of Women's Basketball."

The project logo was unveiled by BC Volgaburmash captain and Russian national team player Ilona Korstin. Korstin was selected by FIBA Europe as an ambassador for the Year of Women's Basketball.

"I'm very honoured to be the face of the year of women's basketball and I will do everything possible in the next months to help project," said Korstin.

Year of Women's Basketball Project Manager Esther Wender also drew attention to the work that will be done in the coming months. 

"We have already been working hard for a while so it's good to finally unveil the logo," she said at the launch. 

"There is a lot of work ahead of us in the next few months and we will be co-ordinating with our national federations, clubs and the players in a consolidated effort to raise the awareness of women's basketball."

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