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Bright stars of international basketball
headline FIBA Players' Commission

Some of the biggest names in international basketball have been brought together to make up FIBA's Players' Commission for the current term of office (2014-2019).

The commission, whose responsibility it is to represent all players - men, women and youth across all types of basketball - is chaired by Former Yugoslavia and Serbia star Vlade Divac and consists of 14 members.

Last September, Divac became the first-ever players representative and as such serves on the 26-member FIBA Central Board.

Thirteen of the members of FIBA's Players' Commission have been named, with a representative to be appointed by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) still to follow.

Divac, Vlade (SRB)

Alapag, Jim (PHI)
Dos Santos, Adriana Aparecida (BRA)
Egnell, Elisabeth (SWE)
Korstin, Ilona (RUS)
Mottola, Hanno (FIN)
Ndong, Boniface (SEN)
Nesterovic, Radoslav (SLO)
Oberto, Fabricio (ARG)
Oyedeji, Olumide (NIG)
Screen, Jenni (AUS)
Smith, Katie (USA)
Valdemoro Madariaga, Amaya (ESP)
Van Den Spiegel, Tomas (BEL)
IWBF representative - TBD

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Here is more information about the personalities who make up FIBA's Players Commission and their major accomplishments during their playing careers:

Vlade Divac became the first-ever players representative and as such serves on the 26-member FIBA Central Board. In this Photograph from FIBA presented by eBA Stats Basketball Statistics Analysis . Photograph: FIBA

- Vlade Divac had a long and distinguished career which saw him play both in Europe and the NBA. He won two FIBA Basketball World Cups (1990, 2002) and three EuroBaskets (1989, 1991, 1995). He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2010.

- Jimmy Alapag, a born-to-thrill guard who spent more than a decade playing professionally in the Philippines, also wore the Gilas shirt at FIBA Asia Championships and at last year's FIBA Basketball World Cup.

- Adriana Aparecida Dos Santos represented Brazil at major events, beginning at the 1992 FIBA Olympics and ending at the 2002 FIBA World Championship for Women. She celebrated a title triumph at the 1994 FIBA World Championship for Women, and a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics.

- Elisabeth Egnell has played in Sweden and also represented the country in international competition, helping the Scandinavian side reach the Quarter-Finals of the EuroBasket Women 2013. That followed on from Egnell being honored as the MVP of the Swedish top flight for the 2012-13 campaign.

- Ilona Korstin was a vital part of Russia squads that captured European titles in 2001, 2007 and 2011, and she was also in the side that upset the United States in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women.

- Hanno Mottola, Finland's most famous-ever player, followed up a successful college spell at Utah with a stint in the NBA before having a long career in Europe and also playing for the national team.

- Boniface Ndong will always be remembered for his heroics at AfroBasket 2005 when he led Senegal to the Final and was named as the tournament MVP.

- Radoslav Nesterovic, who competed in both Europe and the NBA during a long career, also captained a Slovenia national team that has grown into a force.

- Fabricio Oberto, a member of Argentina's 'Golden Generation', helped his country reach the Final of the 2002 FIBA Basketball World Cup and win the 2004 Olympics. He played professionally in Argentina, Europe and the NBA.

- Olumide Oyedeji competed for Nigeria's national team and helped them reach the Olympics for the first time in 2012.

- Jennifer Screen was in the Australian Opals sides that claimed the title at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women, and reached the podium at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

- Katie Smith was a three-time Olympic champion with the United States, a guard who had a terrific career in the WNBA.

- Amaya Valdemoro capped a long and prestigious career with Spain that began in 1995 at the EuroBasket Women with a title-winning performance at the EuroBasket Women 2013. The EuroBasket Women 2007 MVP, Valdemoro played at two Olympics and four FIBA World Championships for Women.

- Tomas Van Den Spiegel, in addition to representing Belgium in international basketball, grew to prominence as a member of the CSKA Moscow teams that won Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2008.  

The chairmen and deputy chairmen of FIBA's commissions will meet at the end of February at which time they will decide the dates for these bodies to convene in the coming months.


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Working Group on National Federations Support
and Development convenes for first time

FIBA's Working Group dedicated to supporting and developing its 214 member national federations met for the very first time on Friday-Saturday 23-24 January.

FIBA's main objectives for the 2014-2019 term of office are to build one united world basketball family and prioritise the development of all its members.

A first step was taken with the convening of the Working Group on National Federations Support and Development at the House of Basketball.

In line with the changes made to its governance at last year's Extraordinary World Congress, the world governing body of basketball is fully intent on giving all its national federations the support and help needed to reach the full extent of their respective growth potential.

FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: "Now that we have created ONE FIBA, the moment has arrived to focus on our national federations.

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This is their moment. These changes are needed, and it is something that we have committed ourselves to.

James P Naismith, grandson of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, recently paid a visit to the headquarters of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in Mies (Switzerland). During his visit to the ‘House of Basketball’, he answered some questions on subjects such as his famous grandfather, the recent Basketball World Cup in Spain, and the growth of basketball.
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"Thanks to the new governance, we will have direct links between FIBA and the national federations.

"Our member national federations will be happy to know that we have started to work and that FIBA will provide all necessary resources (material, financial and human) to achieve what we have set out as our goals."

The Working Group on National Federations Support and Development is divided in two and operates along the following guidelines:

- Mr Muratore presides over Group A, which focuses exclusively on the national federations which are looking to participate in the qualifying campaign for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

- International Basketball Foundation (IBF) President Yvan Mainini heads Group B, which sets out to assist national federations that need help in building from the ground up.

With the new system and calendar of competition coming into effect in 2017 to qualify 32 teams for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, FIBA has made it a priority to ensure that:  

as many national federations as possible are ready to compete at the highest level and field teams in the qualification process for its flagship event.


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FIBA appoints DSI by Inverleigh to distribute
official weekly television series ‘FIBA World Basketball’

FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and Inverleigh Media Holdings (International Sports Media Company) today announced a new long-term partnership whereby Inverleigh will become the exclusive producer and international distributor of the official weekly television series ‘FIBA World Basketball’ starting in January 2013.

DSI by Inverleigh, the dedicated distribution arm of Inverleigh, will be responsible for the exclusive worldwide marketing of the series and is holding discussions with potential broadcast partners at MIPCOM and Sportel industry markets in the lead-up to the commencement of the partnership in January.

FIBA World Basketball, the half-hour weekly programme originally launched in 2006, promotes international basketball and provides fans with highlights and feature stories from basketball played at the top level around the world, including FIBA World and Continental Championships as well as key continental and national leagues and footage from the FIBA archive.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce our partnership with DSI by Inverleigh and look forward to working together with them,” said FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann.

“The FIBA World Basketball programme is a very important tool in our mission to continuously keep growing the sport globally.

“We are confident that through this new partnership, the series can catch the attention of more and more fans worldwide.”

The appointment marks a return to familiar territory for Inverleigh Directors Matt Whytcross and Peter Wraith, who were directly involved in the original development and launch of the series.

“We are delighted to partner FIBA in a programme so highly-regarded by both broadcasters and audiences,” said Whytcross.

“This partnership is an important strategic step for Inverleigh and we are excited by the prospect of delivering an outstanding programme for basketball fans worldwide.”

For more information about FIBA World Basketball, please visit or contact DSI by Inverleigh (exclusive distributor of the series) via the details provided below.

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FIBA ( – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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FIBA - Russia, Turkey, GB, France, Brasil & Canada
climb FIBA Rankings following Olympics

The London Olympic Basketball Tournament has had a significant impact on the FIBA Rankings for Men and Women with a number of teams making big leaps towards the top.

While the men's top five - USA, Spain, Argentina, Greece and Lithuania - remains unchanged, Russia have moved up five places from 11th to sixth following their bronze medal run in London.

Beaten quarter-finalists France, who fell to eventual finalists Spain, and Brazil, who lost to neighbours Argentina, moved up four places each to stand eighth and ninth respectively.

The African teams also moved up some places, with Nigeria up to 17th from 21st, while Tunisia jumped 10 spots, moving from 32nd to 22nd.

Olympic hosts Great Britain made the biggest leap of all, going from 43rd to 23rd, a 20-place improvement.

Ranking Men after the 2012 London Olympics

Rank      Points  +/- Rank*
01. USA   952.0   
02. ESP   870.0   
03. ARG   498.0   
04. GRE   418.0   
05. LTU   406.0   
06. RUS   363.0 +5
07. TUR   302.0 -1
08. FRA   260.0 +4
09. BRA   254.0 +4
10. AUS   234.0 -1
11. CHN   199.7 -1
12. SRB   192.0 -4
13. GER   182.0 +1
14. SLO   157.0 +3
15. ANG   143.0   
16. CRO   134.0 +3
17. NGR   112.6 +4
18. NZL   102.0   
19. PUR   92.6    -3
20. IRI   83.1   
21. ITA   72.0   -14
22. TUN   65.8   +10
23. GBR   62.0   +20
24. VEN   49.0   -2
25. LIB   47.4   -2
26. CAN   46.6   -2
27. DOM   45.6   -2
28. PAN   41.8   -2
29. URU   39.2   -2
30. JOR   33.8   -2
31. ISR   30.0   -2
32. MEX   26.4   -2
33. KOR   26.1   -2
34. MKD   25.0   -1
35. JPN   23.8   -1
36. QAT   22.4   -1
37. SEN   20.2   -1
38. CIV   20.0   -1
39. LAT   19.0   -1
40. BUL   18.0   -1
40. POL   18.0   -1
42. TPE   14.4   -1
43. CMR   13.4   -1
44. POR   11.0   
45. PHI   10.8   
46. CAF   10.4   
47. KAZ   10.2   
48. FIN   10.0   
49. MLI   8.2   
50. CUB   8.0   
50. MAR   8.0   
50. UKR   8.0   
50. GEO   8.0   
50. BIH   8.0   
55. PAR   7.2   
55. ISV   7.2   
55. CPV   7.2   
58. IND   6.6   
58. INA   6.6   
60. EGY   6.4   
61. UZB   6.0   
61. CZE   6.0   
63. KUW   5.7   
63. UAE   5.7   
65. MOZ   5.4   
65. SYR   5.4   
67. RWA   4.8   
68. RSA   4.4   
69. MAS   3.3   
69. KSA   3.3   
71. ALG   3.0   
71. HKG   3.0   
73. GAB   2.0   
74. LBA   1.6   
75. BRN   1.2   
75. MAD   1.2   
77. BEL   1.0   
77. MNE   1.0   
79. SRI   0.9   
80. CHA   0.8   
80. COD   0.8   
82. CGO   0.6   
82. LBR   0.6   
82. TOG   0.6   
* The number next to the current points indicates the number of positions the respective country has moved since the previous ranking.

The countries not listed above have all 0 points and are therefore all positioned, with the same rank, after the last country mentioned.

Meanwhile, for the women, the USA cemented their place as number one in the world with a fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal.

For the first time since 1996, Australia failed to reach the Olympic Final, but their bronze medal finish enabled them to stay second in the ranking.

The Opals shared the position with Russia but beat them for the third and final place on the podium in London and the Russians dropped down to third in the world as a result.

France, fresh off of their first-ever Olympic Final appearance, gained three places to climb up to fifth while Canada moved from just outside the top 10 to just inside it (11th to 9th).

A number of Olympic debutants also did well for themselves. Turkey, who won four of their six games and came agonizingly close to reaching the Semi-Finals, moved up to 13th, an eight-place improvement.

Croatia's women registered their first-ever win in the competition and improved from 31st to 21st.

Angola didn't manage a win in the Olympic Basketball Tournament, however their efforts were well rewarded as they improved from 27th in the world to 23rd.

Great Britain's women had the biggest leap of all, going from 49th to 24th.

Ranking Women after the 2012 London Olympics

Rank       Points   +/- Rank*
01. USA   940.0   
02. AUS   690.0   
03. RUS   665.0 -1
04. CZE   468.0   
05. FRA   440.0 +3
06. ESP   385.0 -1
07. BRA   351.0 -1
08. CHN   262.0 -1
09. CAN   218.2 +2
10. BLR   195.0   
11. KOR   191.0 -2
12. ARG   163.0   
13. TUR   141.0 +8
14. CUB   136.0 -1
15. LTU   112.0 +2
16. LAT   101.0 +2
17. MLI   81.8   +2
18. JPN   76.5   -3
19. GRE   75.0   -5
20. SEN   69.0   +2
21. CRO   65.0   +10
22. NZL   61.0   -6
23. ANG   59.6   +4
24. GBR   48.0   +25
25. TPE   47.5   -2
26. NGR   33.6   -6
26. PUR   33.6   -2
28. CHI   28.0   -3
28. POL   28.0   -3
30. ITA   23.0   -2
31. GER   22.0   -2
32. SRB   21.0   -2
33. MEX   20.0   -2
34. DOM   19.2   -1
35. ISR   18.0   -1
36. JAM   17.6   -1
37. SVK   17.0   -1
38. MAS   14.4   -1
38. MOZ   14.4   -1
40. IND   14.1   -1
41. ROU   13.0   -1
41. MNE   13.0   -1
43. THA   12.6   -1
44. BEL   12.0   -1
45. KAZ   9.9   -1
46. COL   9.6   -1
46. VEN   9.6   -1
48. SRI   8.1   -1
48. UZB   8.1   -1
50. PAR   8.0   -1
51. COD   7.8   
52. CMR   7.6   
53. LIB   7.5   
54. CIV   7.4   
55. SIN   6.9   
56. HKG   6.3   
57. TUN   5.2   
58. PHI   5.1   
59. HUN   5.0   
60. CPV   4.4   
61. MAD   4.0   
61. RWA   4.0   
61. UKR   4.0   
64. PRK   3.9   
65. FIJ   3.0   
65. INA   3.0   
67. VIE   2.7   
68. NIG   2.2   
69. GAB   2.0   
70. TOG   1.8   
71. GUI   1.6   
71. RSA   1.6   
73. GHA   1.4   
73. KEN   1.4   
73. MRI   1.4   
* The number next to the current poits indicates the number of positions the respective country has moved since the previous ranking.

The countries not listed above have all 0 points and are therefore all positioned, with the same rank, after the last country mentioned.


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FIBA - Baumann calls for 16 teams at Rio 2016

The London 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament captivated the attention of billions worldwide. The tournament reached its climax last Sunday with the exciting and close Men’s Final between the reigning Olympic and FIBA World Champions United States and two-time European champions Spain.

In a wide-ranging interview, FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann talked about the future of the Olympics, the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the NBA.

FIBA: The Olympic Basketball Tournament has come to a close. What are your thoughts on what you saw on the court?
Baumann: I think it's been a good tournament both for the men and the women. Certainly the technical level in the men's tournament is even better than in Beijing. I think that's visible for everyone. There have been great games and it wasn't clear who next to the USA would go to the Final.

No one could have guessed for sure it would be the remake of the Final in Beijing nor that the Final would again be so competitive. We have to give credit to both the USA and Spain who delivered a great battle on the court, but also to Russia and Argentina who battled until the last seconds to decide the Bronze Medal Game.

Another highlight of course was Australia’s young Liz Cambage getting the first dunk ever in the women’s tournament. She will be a talent that we will see for many more events to come. And the tremendous progress shown by Turkey’s women's team presents us with promising prospects for the 2014 World Championship for Women to be held in their country.

Finally, I believe that we have to praise the efforts of the GB teams, both men and women. FIBA’s decision to integrate them automatically into the Games was well deserved and I hope they will keep up with the work for the next quadrennium.

FIBA: Are there any areas where you would like to see some improvement?
Baumann: Yes, we need to be constantly attentive that basketball does not become a fight for the second place both in the men and women’s tournaments. The USA can be very proud of their achievements on the court. Big-name stars have played as a team and are proud to represent their country. But they are fortunate to have a very strong system in the US that provides them with almost unlimited talents. This is not the case elsewhere.

FIBA needs to encourage more competitiveness and more depth in countries being able to reach the podium. The presence of the French women's team on it in London is a good signal, as is the medal won by the Russian men’s team. The presence of two African teams in the tournament, although their levels are still too far from the top, was also important, whilst the failure of the Chinese men’s team is very alarming from an Asian perspective.

From a rules perspective, tanking and flopping always remain issues we need to monitor and improve, but I am extremely happy about the strong officiating we had in London, with referees from all continents participating efficiently at each level of the tournament. The three-point line has been extended only recently but there is already a debate whether we should not have immediately moved to the NBA three-point distance.

Finally, we regularly discuss the fact that having 12 teams is not ideal for a team sport. Two groups of six teams, five games in the Preliminary Round – it makes the tournament very long. We support the principle of universality at the Olympics, but the consequence is that we don't necessarily have the best teams competing. We've requested twice to have 16 teams. The IOC has rejected this both times for quota reasons, which is frustrating from our perspective. More countries want to qualify, but it is extremely difficult.

FIBA: Can you talk about trying to find the right balance between the Olympics and the FIBA Basketball World Cup?
Baumann: There are heated discussions about which is the prime event between the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Olympic Basketball Tournament. It's not about comparing the two. They have different values and we benefit from both. Certainly in terms of the sport aspect, the FIBA Basketball World Cup is more intense because the best teams are really there. But the Olympics represent something much bigger with its values and the fact that winning an Olympic medal is probably the dream of a lifetime for every athlete. We can’t refuse that.

On the other hand, we need to find a way to raise the profile of the World Cup to another level as basketball has grown very strongly worldwide since the 1992 Olympics with the help of the NBA and other leagues along with the hard work of FIBA’s National Federations. Now basketball is extremely global. So we're looking at 'how do we deal with the next 20 years?' This discussion started at our last Congress in 2010 in Turkey.

Within that context, getting 16 teams at the Olympics or having U23 players – as suggested by David Stern – it's all part of the general discussion we're having within the basketball family (and therefore also with the NBA). These ideas are on the table to reflect what is best for basketball in the next 20 years. There may be different opinions between the stakeholders, but we're not afraid to put ideas on the table.

FIBA: How can you make the FIBA Basketball World Cup stand out and get the audience it deserves?
Baumann: We are absolutely convinced that basketball can grow even more and we know for a fact that the FIBA Basketball World Cup has untapped potential for growth. So, to start with, this is why we propose to play our flagship event in 2019 instead of 2018 to move it out of the FIFA World Cup year. At the same time, it becomes the main qualifier for the Olympic Games in 2020.

Finally, it should no longer be about a two-week event, but about a two-year story of qualifications played all over the world, with a climax during the final two weeks.

FIBA: The NBA raised concerns for its players who play at the Olympics. What are your thoughts on this?
Baumann: The NBA has a general concern, as do all clubs and leagues, about the use of athletes during the summer. Every summer, players are asked to play for their national teams. Certainly from an NBA perspective, there's the wear and tear factor - 19 days of being in London, plus the's pretty long, having started just shortly after the end of the NBA season.

So there's an issue about length. One way to tackle that is by not bringing the older players. That's why the Commissioner (David Stern) has come up with “why not go with U23”, while at the same time promoting younger athletes and also making a difference between the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Olympic Games. From a FIBA perspective, it’s an interesting approach and we understand the point of view of the NBA and USA Basketball. We know their concerns.

From a global perspective, the progress of the talent in all other countries doesn't go at the same speed or the same pace as the USA. They don't all have a school system like the USA. So the ability for the rest of the world to produce a lot of talent is not the same as the USA. As a result of that, lowering the age to U23 at the Olympics could actually widen the divide between the USA and the rest of the world.

There is also a more general issue of what the Olympic Games represent. The NBA, the IOC and FIBA, we have all earned a lot - not just in financial terms - from professional athletes being at the Olympics since 1992. This is the case with regards to the way basketball has grown, from where we were then to where we are now.

So it would be premature to make changes in the quality of basketball at the Olympics, especially before having maximised the potential of the World Cup. So it's too early to make any changes in the Olympic programme.

To give you a concrete example, I don't think we would have had the investment in basketball in Britain - which is not a basketball country - had it not been for the Olympics. Also, without the Olympics, the amazing work done by Nigeria with its men’s team would have gone unnoticed. The same applies to the popularity of basketball in China.

But there clearly is a need for an overhaul of the FIBA competition structure to keep the NBA players participating internationally for their national teams. The Commissioner has been very clear to us on this and we will have to make difficult but important choices for the future before the end of this year.

Right now, for us (FIBA) it’s still about trying to find a way to serve everybody's purpose in the best way possible. So we will recommend changes and there will be discussions between us and the IOC and between us and the NBA and our basketball family as we are already having.

FIBA: Will you be making proposals for change to the Olympic Basketball Tournament and programme for 2016?
Baumann: We will certainly submit two proposals. The first is we want to move from 12 to 16 teams. As a consequence of that we would be able to promote the game in four more countries and reduce the length of the competition.

The second proposal would be to introduce 3x3 in the Olympics following its successful introduction at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 in Singapore and the start of our first full 3x3 season this year.

FIBA: How do you justify having both basketball and 3x3 in the Olympics?
Baumann: Well, volleyball has beach volleyball, swimming has synchronised swimming and diving, athletics has A athletes and B athletes, etc. We want 3x3 to be a part of the Olympics. It is an integral part in FIBA’s efforts to grow the pyramid of basketball. At the top, we need to manage the elite and make the changes I have referred to. At the bottom, we need to spread the basketball virus.

We are the number one indoors sport, but we have ambitions also outdoors and beyond the core basketball players. 3x3 helps our base to grow, our sport to become more popular and basketball to be a rejuvenating and innovative driver for change.

FIBA: Can you talk about how crucial it is for FIBA and the NBA to work hand in hand to grow basketball?
Baumann: The NBA and FIBA absolutely need to keep working together. There is no other solution for basketball to grow from where it is now to where it can go next. I'm sure the IOC wants the NBA’s best athletes to keep on playing in the Olympics, we want that too as well as, of course, at the World Cup. And we’ve heard that the players want to come to the Olympics.

Also, the NBA wants to continue to progress globally, to benefit from basketball’s popularity and growth. We need to find the right way to define the structure of our competitions in general - it's about the World Cup, how you qualify for it, how many games the players have to play in the four-year cycle. It's not just about the two weeks of the Olympics. So it's a whole package that we've been working on for a year now. Within that package, the Olympic Games are an important piece.

As I said, we will make some tough decisions at the end of the year about how we strengthen the World Cup, how new countries can climb the ranking and how we ensure the NBA stays within the FIBA basketball family so that have 20 more years of growth coming up at the same speed if not better, because we feel we can do better.


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