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01 Ноября 2008 Журнал "FIBA Assist Magazine"

Виды спорта: Баскетбол

Рубрики: Профессиональный спорт

The World In Brief

The World In Brief

The World In Brief


In a historical meeting for Italian basketball, the country's Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, received on 31st Oc- tober FIBA President, Bob Elphinston, and FIBA Secretary General and IOC member, Patrick Baumann, in his office in Palazzo Chigi. He indicated his Government's full and strong support for Italy's candidature for the 2014 FIBA World Championship. Earlier that day, the Secretary of State for Sport, On. Rocco Crimi, and the Deputy Prime Min- ister, Dr. Gianni Letta, had already anticipated the Italian Government's position. The FIBA delegation, which was accompanied during the whole day by the Italian Basketball Federation Commissioner and famous former player, Mr. Dino Meneghin, and by the President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Mr. Gianni Petrucci, also met with the Mayor of Rome, Mr. Gianni Alemanno, to discuss the hosting of the final phase in the capital city.

Italy, along with China, Denmark, France and Spain, is one of the five candidates interested in organizing the 2014 edition of FIBA's premier championship.

After traveling to Beijing, Paris, Madrid and Rome, FIBA ended it’s tour of the bidding countries for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Men.

On 5th December 2008, the above-mentioned five national federations/countries are due to confirm their bid by formally presenting their candidature files to FIBA in a public presentation ceremony to be held in Geneva, Switzerland.

After the handing over of the candidature files on 5th December, FIBA will appoint an Evaluation Commission to examine all files and to formally visit the countries and review the commitments made.

The complete bidding process will end in May 2009, when the FIBA Central Board will decide the host of the 2014 World Championship for Men.


The basketball world lost a legend when former Team USA coach Pete Newell passed away at the age of 93. Tributes have been pouring in for Newell, the gold-medal winning coach of the Americans at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Bill Walton, a former UCLA star and NBA center with Portland and later Boston who is now a television analyst, knew Newell as a high school player in San Diego. “He touched everybody who has ever played basketball," Walton said in the San Diego Tribune. He was a caring, loving, selfless man who was a coach of not just basketball but life. Pete Newell made you feel good about the game and he made you feel good about life…” The wonderful team he led to the title in Rome with eight wins in as many games included basketball greats Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and Jerry Lucas.

Newell had previously guided San Francisco, Michigan State and California in American college basketball. He led Cal to an NCAA title in 1959. The national team coaching job, which he held at the age of 45, proved to be his last. Doctors advised him to stop coaching because of the emotional toll it took on him.


Brazil basketball supremo Gerasime Bozikis has been elected president of the South American Basketball Association. Bozikis, the president of the Brazilian Confederation, was elected in Asuncion, Paraguay, and will hold the office until 2013. “It was a great honor to have been chosen by the presidents of the confederations to chair the ABASU,” Bozikis said. “One of the main goals of the Association is to make the 10 member countries of the Association participate in South American competitions.”


Puerto Rico are keen to host next summer’s FIBA Americas Championship. Mexico had been the only country vying for the event but newly-appointed general director of the Puerto Rico national team, Agustin Diaz, wants to see the tournament staged in San Juan. "My first aim will be for San Juan to be the host city of the Pre-World Championship (FIBA Americas Championship),” he said in Primera Hora. There has been talk that this tournament could be held in Mexico but I agree with (interim Puerto Rico Basketball Federation president Ruben) Nigaglioni that we should try to bring it to Puerto Rico." Puerto Rico attempted to host the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament this summer but lost out to Greece. The Puerto Ricans, who needed a wild card to take part in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, narrowly missed out on reaching the 2008 Beijing Games after losing the last game at this year’s qualifying event to Germany.


Jerry Colangelo, NBA Phoenix Suns Chairman and Managing Director of USA Basketball's 2006-2008 Men's Senior National Team program, has been elected chairman of USA Basketball's Board of Directors for the 2009-2012 term. The announcement was made during the USA Basketball annual Board of Directors meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colangelo succeeds 2005–2008 USA Basketball President Val Ackerman. Also announced as members of the 2009-2012 Board of Directors were: NBA appointees Kim Bohuny, Vice President, Basketball Operations International; and Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations; NCAA appointees Chris Plonsky, University of Texas Women's Athletics Director and Senior Associate Athletic Director of Men's/Women's Athletics External Services; Eugene Smith, Director of Athletics, Ohio State University; and Kevin Weiberg, Vice President, University Planning & Development, Big Ten Network; Scholastic Director Robert Kanaby , Executive Director, National High School Federation; At-large/ Independent Director Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association; National Organizations Representative Rod Seaford, former national chairman of the AAU boys basketball; and athlete representatives Teresa Edwards, a five time Olympian and four time Olympic gold medalist, and Steve Smith, Olympic (2000) and World Championship (1994) gold medalist. Ackerman rounds out the board and will serve an ex officio capacity. "I'm honored to have this opportunity and I look forward to serving USA Basketball over the next four years," said Colangelo. "There's a great legacy at USA Basketball and my goal is to continue to grow our game on every level."


Australian Olympic legends Andrew Gaze, Andrew Vlahov and Rachael Sporn have been appointed by Basketball Australia to help evaluate the success of the Boomers and Opals Olympic programs following their recent campaigns at the Beijing Games, including making recommendations on what is required to secure medals at the London Games in 2012. Gaze, who is also currently on the Interim Board of Basketball, will join former national teammate Vlahov on a panel to undertake a comprehensive review of the Boomers program, along with Basketball Australia's President John Maddock, CEO Scott Derwin and General Manager of National Teams, Lorraine Landon. Sporn will join Maddock, Derwin, Landon and Interim Board member and business leader Diane Sias on a panel to review the performance of the silver medal winning Opals. The committees will provide a series of recommendations for refining the program over the next four years, to ensure the teams' quality for medal contention. A recommendation for the appointment of the next Head Coach for both the Boomers and Opals teams will also be made, with the positions expected to be announced early December.

The trio have a wealth of experience at the international level, with a combined total of 807 international games for Australia between them.

"We were extremely proud of the Opals and Boomers performances during the Games, and the way they represented Australian basketball on the world stage," said triple Olympic medallist Rachael Sporn. "We now need to capitalise on this to be seen as a successful sport in Australia and that we continue to excel on the international stage.”

"Basketball in Australia is currently undergoing a major reform, with the move towards the introduction of a single structure for the sport to ensure its successful future, and we believe our teams' recent performance has contributed strongly to building this new foundation for basketball in Australia," said Sporn.

Key priorities addressed in a recent independent review of the sport included a major restructure of the basketball administration and governance; rebranding and aggressively promoting the sport: developing strong revenue streams from corporate and media partnerships; increasing the connection between community and elite competitions and national teams; and the significant expansion and investment in the national basketball program.


Argentina have confirmed that Sergio Hernandez will lead the team through the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Hernandez, who coached the Albiceleste to the bronze medal at the Beijing Games, on Friday spoke of his decision to head the national side for two more years.

"I have tremendous joy, tremendous pride and much gratitude,” he said. “Joy because it is the most that a coach can hope for, directing the national team of his own country. Pride because to wear the shirt of Argentina is something that is very strong, deep inside, even when one does not see it.

"The Argentina national team generates a lot of pride in all of us … That the Confederation again relies on my job after almost four years and several top tournaments is a pleasure for me and I have no more than words of thanks for them."

Hernandez, who also spoke warmly of the players that he had coached, will lead the team at the FIBA Americas Championship this summer when the Albiceleste attempt to reach the FIBA World Championship in Turkey.


Dino Meneghin has been serving as commissioner of the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) since September, when Fausto Maifredi made the surprise announcement that he was stepping down as president. Now Italy basketball legend Meneghin is ready to run for president when the election is held on February 7.

The regional presidents of the FIP met in Milan over the weekend and officially asked Meneghin to stand for president and he agreed to do so.

"I have accepted to stand for several reasons,” Meneghin said in a statement by the FIP. “I have found a lot of good faith in my project as well as a common wish to achieve it.

We have spoken a lot about schools, and youth teams and that is a good first step to work together in time. I have met people that work on a day-to-day basis on the court, that give their best for a common goal. With the presidents of the regional committee, we agree on an issue that basketball is to be improved, not rescued.” “We must work to improve it, to attract the biggest number of youngsters, to offer them to the clubs and then to the national team. With all due respect to clubs, the national team is the most important club in Italy."


China have moved to quash speculation that Yao Ming may no longer play for the national team. The 7ft 6in center made it back in time from a foot operation to play at the Beijing Games and led the host nation into the quarter-finals for the second straight Olympics, and he is expected to be the focal point of China’s bid to reach the podium at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

A report in a Shanghai newspaper said Yao could no longer commit to the national side but Hu Jiashi, deputy director of the Chinese Basketball Association, said to the China Daily: "We do not know anything about this. He has never told us of his intention of retiring, never.”

Yao's agent Lu Hao also cast doubt on the report. "I have never heard of Yao planning to retire,” Lu said in the China Daily. “Yao proved he was fully devoted to the national team in the Olympics, even if he just returned from injury. I think this kind of report is very irresponsible."

Yao has battled injuries and the China Daily reminded its readers of what their famous player had said before the Olympics to the Houston Chronicle. "It will be my third (Olympics),” the Houston Rockets center Yao had said. “I was a very young player and got my first taste of the Olympics in 2000 at Sydney. I played in Athens in 2004 and now this is my home country and the highest special honor in 2008. Enough, I think. Why would I need to play in London in 2012?"


FIBA 33, the new 3on3 format for national teams, that will be launched at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 took center stage in Bali at the Asian Beach Games. The national flag of India was raised for the first time in international basketball when the Indian Boys Team won the Gold medal of the inaugural Games held in Bali, Indonesia. In the Final, India defeated the Philippines (Silver), 23-17, while Malaysia clinched Bronze. In the Girls tournament, Japan took the Gold by beating Thailand (Silver), 33-27, and India claimed the Bronze.

Played on a synthetic court on the beach in Bali and using the 3-on-3 half court concept known as FIBA 33, the tournaments served as a further and most successful test event in preparation for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. FIBA 33 is FIBA’s recent new discipline particularly aimed to encourage more young people into the game of basketball. Despite rain delays on the start of the final two days, the FIBA 33 discipline proved that it can present an exciting action-packed spectacle which is greatly enjoyed by players and spectators alike. The tournaments, which featured eight men and five women’s national teams from Asia in the 17-year age group, were called by six young FIBA qualified referees and played under the direction of FIBA’s Sports Director, Lubomir Kotleba. The synthetic SportCourt field of play is proving very good for the players and provides an attractive and safe outdoor surface for basketball. FIBA President Bob Elphinston and FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock were very enthusiastic with the successful format and with the emergence of India and the Philippines in the youth categories in Asia. In India, results are starting to show thanks to the work of Serbian coach Aleksandar Bucan and, with increased Government support, the gigantic country can soon start challenging the best in Asia.


On 10th August Mr. Taro Aso was appointed as the new President of JABBA, the Japanese Basketball Association. Mr. Aso is the President of LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) and an influential political figure. He used to play basketball and is also an Olympian who participated in the Clay Skeet competition at the Montreal Olympic Games. He is currently the President of WJBL (national league), so he was a natural choice to be appointed as the President of JABBA to deal with the organization’s current challenges. The JABBA Executive Board meeting also announced that Mr. Kazuo Aichi, House of Representatives member, has been appointed as the Vice President. Basketball is very strong in the country’s school and university system with almost 600.000 players but misses success with it’s national team in FIBA World Championships and Olympic Games. The challenge will be to turn the huge participation base into success on the international stage.


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