Mainini unanimously elected 11th FIBA President; World Congress ratifies 2010-2014 Central Board - Sep 8, 2010
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ISTANBUL (19th FIBA World Congress) - Yvan Mainini, the President of the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) since 1992, has been unanimously elected as the 11th FIBA President at the FIBA World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.
I am flattered by the overwhelming confidence the Congress has shown me in todays election, he said. I will do everything to justify this confidence and move the sport forward at the same pace as my predecessor.
Looking ahead, I am determined to work on a harmonised basketball calendar that gives clubs and national teams the exposure they both deserve.
I will also further enhance FIBAs mission to find new ways of growing the game. FIBA33 is certainly one way but by no means the only one.
Mainini succeeds Bob Elphinston of Australia, who was elected at the 18th FIBA World Congress in Tokyo, Japan in 2006.
According to the principle of continental rotation and with statutes limiting the term of office to one four-year period, the FIBA Presidency was passed over to a European in 2010 following Elphinstons four-year term.
Mainini was nominated for the FIBA Presidency by the FIBA Europe General Assembly in Munich, Germany in May.
Born in the French city of Bayeux on 26th December 1944, he began playing basketball in 1957 and four years later, at only 16 years of age, became the head coach of his hometown team. He was in charge of that side for a total of 17 seasons before moving on to Mondeville where he walked the sidelines from 1979 to 1982 and then in 1984.
He began refereeing when he was 17 and was a national referee just two years later. He went on to officiate in international competitions from 1973 to 1988, including three Olympic Games and three FIBA World Championships. He officiated in the 1982 and 1986 World Championship finals between the USA and the USSR. He refereed over 1,000 top-level games including 300 internationals.
Off the court, Mainini graduated from the University of Caen with a degree in geography in 1977. He completed a Masters Degree in Law and Economy of Sport in Limoges in 1993.
After working as a physical education professor for schools in his native area of Calvados (1965-1983), he went on to become Director of the Sports Department in Mondeville (1983-1988) and later the Manager of the Sports, Culture and Communication Department for that very same municipality.
He first got involved in the administrative side of basketball by becoming a member of Calvados Basketball Committee (1968-1972) and he then went on to serve as President of the League of Basse-Normandie (1984-1992) before taking his position as President of the FFBB.
Additionally, he has been a member of the FIBA Central Board since 1994, and served as its Vice-President for four years (1998-2002). He also had a term as FIBA Europe President (1998-2001).
He is involved in the Olympics movement, serving as a special adviser to the French National Olympic Committee President.
Mainini is married and has two children.
The Congress also ratified the composition of the Central Board for the 2010-2014 term. The following personalities have been approved:
Mr Yvan Mainini (France) President Mr Horacio Muratore (Argentina) Vice President Mr Patrick Baumann (Switzerland) Secretary General Mr Borislav Stankovic (Serbia) Secretary General Emeritus Mr Manfred Strher (Germany) Treasurer Mr Mabusa Eseka Dieudonne (Democratic Republic of Congo) Mr Alphonse Bil (Ivory Coast) Ms Salamatou Maiga (Mali) Mr Alberto Garcia (Argentina) Ms Valerie Ackerman (USA) Mr Usie Richards (US Virgin Islands) Sheik Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani (Qatar) Mr Dato Yeoh Choo Hock (Malaysia) Ms Xu Lan (China) Mr Olafur Rafnsson (Iceland) Mr Nar Zanolin (Canada) Ms Lena Wallin-Kantzy (Sweden) Mr Jose Luis Saez Regalado (Spain) Mr Bob Elphinston (Australia) Mr Steve Smith (Australia) Mrs Barbara Wheadon (New Zealand)
In accordance with the FIBA General Statutes, the following personalities have been appointed to the Ethics Commission by the Congress:
Mr Carl Ching (Hong Kong) Dr Alain Ekra (Ivory Coast) Mr George Killian (USA) Mr Jenaro Marchand (Puerto Rico) Mr Abdoulaye Seye Moreau (Senegal) Mr Borislav Stankovic (Serbia)
The FIBA Central Board also announced it unanimously agreed to extend FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumanns contract until 2022.
FIBA implement new format and calendar of competitions - Nov 11, 2012
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FIBA will go ahead with implementing new format and calendar of competitions starting 2017.
The main points are:
The next edition of FIBA Basketball World Cup (following the one in Spain in 2014) will be moved to 2019. A total of 32 teams will take part at the tournament.
The qualifying events for the World Cup will take place during two years [read more]
FIBA will go ahead with implementing new format and calendar of competitions starting 2017. The main points are:
The next edition of FIBA Basketball World Cup (following the one in Spain in 2014) will be moved to 2019. A total of 32 teams will take part at the tournament. The qualifying events for the World Cup will take place during two years. The national teams will be divided into two divisions Division A and Division B with groups of three or four teams in an open system with promotion and relegation. Games in the qualification period will be played in a home-and-away format.
Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.
As of 2017, the continental championships will take place every four years (2017, 2021, 2025) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBAs flagship event in 2019. The windows will follow the same principle as the qualifying process to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but will be adapted in the Olympic years (2020, 2024).
The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones.
FIBA also have given out plans to review the womens calendar and system of competition within the next year.
FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin has been sacked by the organisations executive committee, currently headed by president Olafur Rafnsson.
The shock move, confirmed to MVP by senior sources at FE, comes amid a political battle between the European governing body and its counterparts at FIBA over the future of international basketball [read more]
FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin has been sacked by the organisations executive committee, currently headed by president Olafur Rafnsson. The shock move, confirmed to MVP by senior sources at FE, comes amid a political battle between the European governing body and its counterparts at FIBA over the future of international basketball.
While the Geneva-based FIBA had recent published proposals to move its own World Cup to the year before each Olympics to avoid a clash with its footballing counterpart, Zanolin had led resistance to the idea which would have forced its own EuroBasket one of its main financial earners to move to a four-yearly cycle rather than the current two.
However it is understood that the Canadian was removed from his post following a meeting of FEs executive on Monday, ending his decade-long stint at the helm.
During his tenure, Zanolin vastly expanded FIBA Europe, growing the organisation out from just four employees while moving out from under FIBAs umbrella and shifting its base to Munich.
A relative peace has also broken out with European clubs body ULEB despite a failure to streamline the structure of the secondary competitions sitting under the Euroleague.
FIBA Europe is expected to issue a statement later.
Mohamed Tangara(208-F/C-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arizona) the 610 (2m8), 242 pound (111kg) basketball player from Mali and the USA, has played as a power forward/center in Spain and around the world. Mohamed Tangara started his basketball career at Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina, USA. He then moved to the University of Arizona, from 2004-2008 to play at one of the top basketball programs in the NCAA, under hall of fame coach Lute Olson [read more]
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arizona) the 610 (2m8), 242 pound (111kg) basketball player from Mali and the USA, has played as a power forward/center in Spain and around the world. Mohamed Tangara started his basketball career at Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina, USA. He then moved to the University of Arizona, from 2004-2008 to play at one of the top basketball programs in the NCAA, under hall of fame coach Lute Olson. Tangara then finished his college career at Chaminade University. He began his professional career during the NBA summer league with the Milwaukee Bucks and went on to play in the Middle East and later Spain. Tangara has been a member of the Mali National team since 2000 as a junior player until 2007. He then started playing with the Senior National Team. Most recently he was named the captain of the Mali Senior National Team during the 2011 FIBA Afro basket tournament.
How do you feel after Afro basket? Overall it was a good experience. To be able to represent my country and play against some of the top teams from Africa in this tournament was amazing. I had a chance to go against some good big men and feel competitive in the tournament. Mali national team is under construction. I believe we will be back, even stronger, in 2013 and I hope my country can even host the next Afrobasketball tournament in 2013. I feel very proud to have been given the chance to represent my country. Once again I keep improving my game and working on my talent. I ranked in the top 3 centers in scoring of the 2011 Afrobasketball games, top 5 all around rebounder and top 19 all around scoring for all positions. My average was 12ppg 8.4 rebounds per game.
You played at a high level, but perhaps the team was not as good as expected? We had a little bit of a young team and also not that much time to practice together as a whole. We did face some challenges, but overall I thought the team gave it everything we had and did our best to represent Mali as players. I believe in the future we will be ranked higher and keep working to always do our best.
Fortune has not been by your side, nevertheless, have continued working hard, why? Many people in your place would have been paid I am going to keep working hard no matter what. I believe in my talent and that I can play at a high level. Soon the right team will find me and I will showcase my talent, help them win, and get paid. It is just a matter of time and having the right people working with you.
Last season was very difficult for you. How are you now? I am doing fine, I can't complain. I am healthy and surrounded by good people that support me, which is the most important thing. Challenges will always surface and you have to face them! The market is hard right now, but I just keep working out and playing hard to stay in shape until I get that phone call from a team and agent!
Would you like to return to Spain this season?
For sure! I would love to return to Spain, but not at a low level. I had a great tournament in the 2011 FIBA Africa games and I feel like I have worked hard and proven myself to rise above the level I was playing at before. I do really miss the Spanish Tortilla though and the people of Spain. I made great friends that helped me with my project to support young athletes and education in Mali, and found the fans to be supportive and fun! I think the Spanish league is one of the best in Europe and I definitely hope to be back there one day!
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