The Central Board received a detailed report on the upcoming window of the FIBA Continental Cup Qualifiers, set to be played during November 23 to December 1, across the regions. FIBA has decided to conduct these tournaments in bubbles, following recommendations from its Medical Commission and Competitions Commission, with the health and safety of players, coaches and officials being the primary consideration.
FIBA this year has successfully executed the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Hungary Masters 2020 in Debrecen with participation of players from Europe, Americas and Asia, the Basketball Champions League Qualifiers in Cyprus and Bulgaria and also the Basketball Champions League Final 8 in Athens and implemented strict health protocols at each of these events. These protocols have been developed after consultation with the WHO and the NBA and will be enforced at the FIBA Continental Cup Qualifiers in each region.
Update of FIBA Competitions for 2021-2023
Status reports were presented on the preparations for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments taking place at the end of June 2021, as well as the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 and FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
FIBA Youth World Events
The Central Board has awarded the hosting rights of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 to Spain. The event will take place in two cities, La Nucia and Alicante, with dates to be confirmed. The FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 was awarded to Hungary earlier this year. Both the National Federations of Spain and Hungary have been awarded multiple events as part of FIBA’s multi-year hosting model. Spain will also host the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2023 in Madrid.
The success of the FIBA U17 Skills Challenge 2020, for both men and women, was also presented to the Central Board. Due to the National Federation members’ strong interest and the accomplishments made by participating teams during the event, the decision to continue with this project was taken, with the next FIBA Skills Challenge to be organized in 2021 with a strong focus on development.
Club Competitions update
Updates were presented to the Central Board on the recently concluded seasons of FIBA’s international leagues, the Basketball Champions League (BCL) and the Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA). Both leagues successfully concluded their 2019-2020 seasons in very challenging environments, with the BCL Final 8 played in Greece in early October and the BCLA Final played last week in Uruguay.
An update of the season was given, with two more stops scheduled before the World Tour conclusion, with the Masters taking place in Doha, Qatar, on November 20-21 and the Final in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 18-19.
The Mexican Basketball Federation (ADEMEBA) was suspended in February this year. However, following the institutional changes made recently and subject to certain requirements being met, to be communicated to the competent Mexican authorities by FIBA, the Central Board has exceptionally decided to allow the national team to participate at the FIBA AmeriCup 2022 Qualifiers in November.
The Central Board co-opted one new member, Jorge Garbajosa, Chairman of the Competitions Commission and President of the Spanish Basketball Federation.
The Central Board approved the proposal to establish an award in memory of Dr. Dirk-Reiner Martens, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The Dr. Dirk-Reiner Martens Award will be presented every two years to an individual who has made a significant academic contribution in the area of basketball-related legal matters and/or the resolution of international sports disputes.
The Central Board also approved the budget for 2021 and amendments to the FIBA Internal Regulations, notably in relation to cross-border leagues.