Olympic Games 2008
It is hard to find the most appropriatewords to describe the overall success of the Olympic Basketball Tournaments played on 9th – 24th August 2008 in Beijing, China.
Should the perfect organisation be mentioned first or should it be the top level sporting facilities provided by the organisers? Should it be the memorable atmosphere in the sold-out Wukesong arena in practically all the games or instead the unforgettable final game USA v Spain?
Regardless of the answer we can all agree that the Beijing Olympic Games will be always remembered as “The” Games.
FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men/Women 2008
After having last been played in 1992, FIBA re-introduced the World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in 2008 as its reply to the permanently asked question: “Why does FIBA not provide the national federations with a “second chance” to qualify for the Olympic Games as other sports do?”
Both tournaments were played with 12 teams representing each gender in all 5 Zones. The Tournament for Men was held on 14th – 20th July 2008 in Athens, Greece and the door to Beijing was reopened for the teams from Croatia, Germany and Greece.
The Tournament for Women was organised by the Spanish Basketball Federation on 9th – 15th June 2008 in Madrid, Spain with Belarus, Brazil, Czech Republic, Latvia and Spain joining 7 teams already qualified for Olympic Games 2008.
FIBA Championships for Men 2006
When the FIBA Central Board decided to play the FIBA World Championship for Men in Japan 2006 with 24 teams (instead of 16 teams) hardly anyone in the basketball community objected to the decision. With the growing worldwide popularity of basketball and with more national teams reaching high standards of play it became obvious that more teams must get the opportunity to perform at the FIBA’s prime event.
The Championship was played on 19th August – 3rd September 2006 in Hamamatsu, Hiroshima, Sapporo, Sendai and Saitama, Japan. The new format, with 24 teams and with the direct elimination games played after the Preliminary Round, proved to be a great success. We experienced the best ever spectators’ attendance as well as the best ever TV coverage of the championship.
The overall success of the championship has opened an exiting challenge for the next organisers of the FIBA World Championship for Men and now, after 7 years of preparation for Turkey 2010, we are very confident that Turkey will set another example of the “best ever” championship.
FIBA World Championship for Women 2006
The championship was played on 12th – 23rd September 2006 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Despite the fact that we saw the teams from Australia, Russia and USA on the podium, teams with a tradition of good performance over many years, the championship was very exacting and competitive.
However, in order to provide women’s basketball with a strong impetus to reach new heights and popularity, after the FIBA World Championship 2010, FIBA will reorganise its championship in 2014 to be played over a shorter period (in 7 days instead of 11 days), with different competition system and schedule and possibly at another date.
The FIBA Youth Championships were played as follows:
U21 Women, Moscow, Russia
U19 Men, Novi Sad, Serbia
U19 Women, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
U19 Men, Auckland, New Zealand
U19 Women, Bangkok, Thailand
FIBA would like to express its thanks to all the organisers of the FIBA Youth Championships as all of them, with their very good organisation, excellent playing facilities and with good spectators’ attendance made the championships a perfect playing experience for young, new stars and provided all those involved with lasting memories of friendships and a great get-together.
It should be noted that the U21 Women in Russia was the last championship played in this age category (replaced by the U17 Men/Women championships as of 2010) and that the U19 Men 2007 was assigned to Serbia only 3 months before the start of the championship (a replacement for Canada due to its withdrawal from the organisation).
When the FIBA Central Board decided to introduce the new age category of U17 Men/ Women, it was stated that “the FIBA Zones are strongly encouraged to introduce in 2009 the FIBA Zone U16 championships (if not already existing) or at least the FIBA Sub-Zones championships. Should this goal not be reached in 2009, FIBA will invite (upon FIBA Zone proposals) the teams for the 1st FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women 2010”.
We are proud to say that all the FIBA Zone U16 Championships were played for both Men and Women with the full participation of all teams entitled to play and we are looking keenly forward to the future of these well supported championships.
Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2010
14th – 26th August 2010, Singapore
The aim of the YOG is to bring together talented athletes – aged 14 to 18 – from around the world to participate in high-level competition, with educational programmes on the Olympic values, healthy lifestyle, the dangers of doping etc running alongside.
FIBA has decided to participate at YOG with the FIBA 3 on 3 basketball and therefore with the new basketball discipline and with different basketball rules. Moreover, the FIBA Challenges, the mixture of fun and skill were added to the programme. The 2 hours challenges such as Skill Challenge, Mixed Shooting Contest, Free Throws Team Challenge and Three-Point Shootout will fit perfectly to the IOC idea of having YOG tailored for the younger generation.
The tournaments will be played with 20 boys’ teams and 20 girls’ teams representing 38 different national federations from all 5 FIBA Zones, with players born 1st January 1993 – 31st December 1994 and with the games being played on a half basketball court.
FIBA Diamond Ball for Men/Women
This FIBA Event is very much appreciated by the participating teams. It is played shortly before the Olympic Games on the continent where the Games will be held and therefore provides the teams with both the possibility of the acclimatisation and the opportunity to play good standard games shortly before the Games.
The 3rd edition of the Diamond Ball for Men was played on 29th July – 1st August in Nanjing, China while the 2nd edition for Women was played on 2nd – 5th August 2008 in Haining, China.
Due to the overall success of the Event the preparation for the next edition is already on the way and with European countries to be the host countries in 2012.
FIBA Stankovic Cup
The Event for the men’s national teams which has started in 2005, upon the idea of Mr. Carl Men-Ky Ching, FIBA Honorary President and with the strong wish of FIBA to have it played every year, has already celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2009 and we can only hope that the celebration of round anniversaries will continue every 5 years.
The 6th edition will held on 28th July – 1st August 2010 in Liuzhou, China with the participation of Australia, China, Iran and Slovenia.
FIBA World League for Women
FIBA, in close cooperation with the Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) jointly organised the World League for Women in 2003 – 2008. With the Final Round played every year in Russia, with an excellent organisation, with the best female players and with the games played at world class level with a large number of spectators it will remain one of the most successful events in women’s basketball.
FIBA would like to express its gratitude to the RFB for its strong support of this outstanding event.