PRESS RELEASES 2005
2005 has been an intensely busy period for FIBA Europe:
• 198 National Youth teams
• 39 National Men teams
• 33 National Women teams
• Total of 270 National teams from
• 48 countries which participated in
• 16 European Championships and played
• 934 official FIBA Europe games between July and September
• as well as:
FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos (left in picture) and Secretary General Nar Zanolin (right in picture) met for the second time with the European Union’s Commissioner for Sport and Education, Mr. Jan Figel on Monday in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The focus of the talks was for the European Union to recognise that sport is a “social expression” with a specific role in society.
FIBA Europe will run 22 national team competitions in 2006, ranging from U16 to senior team qualifiers for EuroBasket 2007 Men and Women.
Following the distribution of the four World Championship wildcards by FIBA at the Central Board meeting on 28th November, FIBA Europe has now finalised the 2006 national team calendar.
FIBA Europe officially announced today the EuroLeague Women All Star Game 2006, a new date in the European basketball calendar.
The All Star Game will take place on 8th March, 2006 and will be hosted by Hungarian EuroLeague Women club MiZo Pécs.
FIBA Europe will support Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) for the second consecutive year during the Special Olympics European Basketball Week to be held 26 November- 4 December, 2005 across the region.
Special Olympics will be organizing basketball activities during the week throughout the region – tournaments, clinics, exhibition matches – and involve 10,000 children and adults and male and female players with intellectual disabilities in 30 countries.
FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin was in Cyprus on Wednesday where he officially opened EuroCup side EKA AEL Lemesos' brand new arena.
Lemesos opened their tenure at the 2,500 capacity Nikos Solomonides Arena (named after a former president of the club) in style, beating Estonian side BC Kalev 67-49 in the EuroCup.
FIBA Europe conducted a conference at the weekend in Vierumaki, Finland to discuss the future of youth basketball and specifically the U14 age category.
The conference was attended by Secretary General Nar Zanolin, Sports Director Kosta Iliev, Youth Commission President Asterios Zois and held in co-ordination with the FIBA Europe Youth Commission.
FIBA Europe would like to offer its deepest condolences to FIBA Secretary General Emeritus Mr. Borislav Stankovic whose wife, Mimica, passed away after a long illness on Monday in Belgrade.
Mr. Stankovic has devoted his life to FIBA and the support of his family has been a pillar in many of his extraordinary achievements in basketball.