- International Basketball Federation
name = International Basketball Federation
"Fédération Internationale de Basketball"
size = 200
motto = We Are Basketball
June 18 1932
type = Sport federation
membership = 213 national federations
language = English, French, Spanish, Russian, German [2006 "General Statutes" of FIBA, Article 37.6]
general = Patrick Baumann
leader_title = President
key_people = George Vassilakopoulos,
Borislav Stanković, Manfred Ströher
website = http://www.fiba.com
The International Basketball Federation (French: "Fédération Internationale de
Basketball"), more commonly known by the French acronym FIBA (pronounced IPA| [fee-buh] ), is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball. Originally known as the "Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur" (hence FIBA), in 1989it dropped the "Amateur" from its official name but retained the initialism, because of the first two letters of the word "basketball".
The FIBA defines the international
rules of basketball, specifies the equipment and facilities required, regulates the transfer of athletes across countries, and controls the appointment of international referees. 213 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones or "commissions": Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
FIBA is a world basketball tournament for men's national teams held quadrennially by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
A parallel event for women's teams, the FIBA World Championship for Women, is also held quadrennially, in the same year as the men's event but in a different country.
The champion team wins the Naismith Trophy, which was first awarded in the 1967 tournament.
The tournament structure is similar but not identical to that of the FIFA World Cup; both of these international competitions have been played in the same year since 1970.
The association was founded in
Genevain 1932, two years after the sport was officially recognized by the IOC. Its original name was "Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur". Eight nations were founding members: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland. During the 1936 Summer Olympicsheld in Berlin, the Federation named James Naismith(1861-1939), the founder of basketball, as its Honorary President.
In 1989, FIBA opened the door to Olympic participation by
professionals such as players from the NBA in the United States. At this point, the "Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur" became the "Fédération Internationale de Basketball", but retained "FIBA" as an abbreviation.
The Federation headquarters moved to
Munichin 1956, then returned to Geneva in 2002.
Patrick Baumann is the Secretary General of FIBA.
In 1991 it founded
FIBA Hall of Fame, the first induction ceremony was held on September 12, 2007during EuroBasket 2007.
Leon Bouffard/ 1932-39: flagicon|USA James A. Naismith
Antonio dos Reis Carneiro
Abdel Moneim Wahby
Gonzalo Puyat II
George E. Killian
Abdoulaye Seye Moreau
R. William Jones
*1976-95: flagicon|SRB Bora Stanković
*1995-present: flagicon|SUI Patrick Baumann
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced that the first edition of the 12-team FIBA U17 World Championship for Men and Women that will be played in July 2010.
FIBA World Rankings
* #1 men's team: bk|ARG
* #1 women's team: bk|USA
* #1 combined ranking: bk|USA
* [http://www.fiba.com FIBA official site]
* [http://www.interbasket.net InterBasket - International Basketball News, Blog and Forum, covering FIBA, Euroleague, NBA]
* [http://www.frozenhoops.com History of amateur and professional basketball in Canada at Frozen Hoops]
* [http://www.theplayersforum.com ThePlayersForum.com - Site dedicated to helping sports players achieve their dream of playing internationally]
* [http://www.talkbasket.com TalkBasket - Basketball news and discussions]
* [http://www.mediazone.com MediaZone - Official Broadband Provider site]
* [http://www.sports-city.org/news_details.php?news_id=4888&idCategory=149 New Tournament FIBA U17 World Championship]
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