Basketball Community Pays Respect

21 June 2013
Moment of silence in memory of FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson who passed away 19 June 2013
Players around Europe have been, and will continue to, pay their respects to the late FIBA Europe President, Olafur Rafnsson

Moments of silence out of respect for the late FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson have been taken throughout European basketball tournaments beginning Thursday and will continue throughout the weekend.

President Rafnsson, aged 50, passed away on Wednesday in Switzerland, where he was attending the official opening ceremony of Basketball House at FIBA's headquarters.

The untimely death shocked and saddened the world basketball community.

In Lille, France on Thursday, where Group E action of EuroBasket Women 2013 is currently taking place, a moment's silence was respected prior to each of the day's three games. The FIBA Europe flag flying inside Palais des Sports Saint-Sauveur was adorned with a black ribbon whilst flags outside the arena were flown at half-mast.

On Thursday, FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak attended a meeting of the FIBA Central Board where a minute's silence was taken to honour President Rafnsson.

"The world basketball community has lost one of its great servants," said Novak, adding, "he was a great personal friend of mine and he will be sorely missed by everyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with him."

The same respects that took place in Lille were followed in Vendespace Arena in Mouilleron-le-captif on Friday when Group F action of EuroBasket Women resumed.

This weekend at the inaugural 3X3 EuroTour stop in Bucharest, Romania, a moment's silence during the peak of Saturday and Sunday competition will also be adhered to, with the FIBA Europe, and Romanian Basketball Federation flags adorning black ribbons.

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