PRESS RELEASES 2004
In pure competition terms, it has been an unprecedented year for European basketball. We have seen the completion of 4 club competitions in April and May this year, 10 European youth championships in the summer and qualification games for the 2005 European Championships for Men and Women in September.
The FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos has commended the harmony in European basketball following the meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe in Tallinn, Estonia this weekend.
The Board of FIBA Europe has awarded Eurobasket 2007 to the national basketball federation of Spain. The 2007 European Championship for Women has been assigned to Italy.
In addition, the 2009 European Championship for Men will be hosted by the national basketball federation of Poland and the 2011 Championship by the national basketball federation of Lithuania.
The Board of FIBA Europe met today in Tallinn, Estonia for its 8th meeting in the 2002-2006 term of office.
2005 Youth Calendar
The Board approved the venues and dates for the 12 European Youth Championships which will be held in 2005.
FIBA Europe has launched the first ever officially approved basketball statistics software, SmartStats For Basketball.
The software was developed for FIBA Europe by Lithuanian company Media Benz Communications and is available for use by all national federations and clubs participating in FIBA Europe Competitions free of charge.
FIBA Europe will support Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) during the first Special Olympics European Basketball Week to be held November 24-December 4, 2004 across the region.
SOEE will organize basketball activities during the week throughout the region – from tournaments to clinics to exhibition matches – and involve thousands of children and adults and male and female players with mental handicaps.
FIBA is pleased to announce that at the meeting held today in Geneva at FIBA’s headquarters, FIBA Europe and the Union of European Basketball Leagues (ULEB) have effectively ended a 4-year dispute over European Club Competitions, that started in 2000.
FIBA Europe’s Bid Evaluation Commission has completed its visits of the 3 countries bidding to host the 2007 European Championship for Men.
The 3 candidates are Lithuania, Poland and Spain.