|17 May 2004|
The Czech Basketball Federation hosted the annual meeting of the FIBA Europe General Assembly on 15th – 16th May 2004 in Prague.
Over 150 delegates from FIBA Europe’s 50 member national basketball federations were present at the Assembly, which was preceded by a meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe on 14th May.
The delegates received full updates on the activities of FIBA Europe in the last year, including reports from the President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos, Executive Director Mr. Nar Zanolin and Sports Director Mr. Kosta Iliev.
The Presidents of FIBA Europe’s Finance, Legal, Competitions, Appeals, Women’s, Youth and Technical Commissions Cup all reported on their work since the last meeting of the Assembly. In addition, the Assembly also heard presentations on FIBA Europe’s Refereeing Programme from Referee co-ordinator Miguel Betancor and reports from Pedro Ferrandiz of the Pedro Ferrandiz Foundation, IWBF Eurozone Secretary General Ron Coppenrath and Permanent Commissioner for the Promotion Cup John Goncalves.
FIBA Europe Treasurer Mr. Jan Berteling was able to inform the delegates that since the last meeting of the General Assembly, FIBA Europe’s financial situation has improved considerably. As a consequence, FIBA Europe has already been able to invest money back into basketball. Over €1 million will be made available to the organisers of FIBA Europe official youth competitions this summer.
Mr. Iliev stressed the importance of these tournaments in his report. FIBA Europe’s goal is to ensure that the facilities and conditions for the youth competitions are as high as possible. For many of the players participating, it will be their first experience with the national team. FIBA Europe’s task is to make sure that this experience is a memorable one and that players will want to continue playing for their countries in the future.
|Delegates at the General Assembly|
As well as organising European Championships for 130 youth teams this summer, FIBA Europe has undertaken the responsibility of insuring all of the participants against injury. This will apply to all players and staff for the national teams at the 2004 European Championships for U20 Men and Women, U18 Men and Women, U16 Boys and Girls and Promotion Cups for U16 Boys and Girls.
“We have already shown our commitment to our youth by re-organising the European Championships to annual, instead of biannual events. Paying for their insurance is another way in which we feel we can help our member federations,” said FIBA Europe President Mr. Vassilakopoulos.
FIBA Europe has also investigated insurance for the senior national teams that will play in September 2004 in qualification games for the 2005 European Championships for Men and Women. The insurance would cover the individual player’s employer (i.e. his or her club) for loss of earnings in case of injury while playing for the national team.
“We have been able to obtain a very competitive offer which we feel could help our federations and clubs should they wish to accept it. Having spoken to several delegates here in Prague, I’m sure that this could be a good solution,” said Mr. Vassilakopoulos.
Club Competitions 2004/2005
In his report, Sports Director Mr. Iliev informed the national federations of the structure of FIBA Europe’s 4 club competitions for next season.
The FIBA Europe League will tip off on 26th October 2004 and the Final Four will be held on 6th – 8th May 2005. The EuroLeague Women will begin on 3rd November 2004 and the Final Four will take place on 22nd – 24th April 2005.
All Star Games will be held for both competitions
The FIBA Europe Cup Men will have a slight change in structure to last season. Following the Conference Final Fours, a Pan-European round will be held with 8 clubs, followed by a Final Four. The competition will start on 4th November 2004.
The FIBA Europe Cup Women will have the same format and will begin on 21st October 2004.
General Assembly 2005
The 2005 General Assembly will be held in Portorose, Slovenia.