FIBA, the governing physique of basketball, and IWBF, the governing physique of wheelchair basketball, have introduced additional steps to accentuate their relationship with the frequent objective to develop and develop basketball internationally.
The two organizations reaffirmed their shut collaboration following current conferences by the IWBF Executive Council and the FIBA Executive Committee, the place it was accredited by each Executive Boards to accentuate the cooperation.
The first step in doing so noticed FIBA’s Secretary General Andreas Zagklis co-opted as a member of the IWBF Executive Council, with the proposal to make a FIBA consultant a everlasting member of the IWBF Executive Council on the IWBF World Congress later this yr in Dubai, UAE.
Further steps will embody IWBF President Ulf Mehrens invited on to a FIBA physique, in addition to FIBA holding the unique license for the industrial rights of IWBF for the following four-year cycle.
FIBA Secretary General, Andreas Zagklis stated:
“FIBA has been working closely with the IWBF for numerous years and we are happy to take another step to further strengthen this relationship. One of our strategic priorities currently is to ‘Enlarge the FIBA Family’ and this collaboration can only further enhance the links between the two organzations and promote the game.”
IWBF President, Ulf Mehrens, stated:
“Being a part of the basketball family is unique and invaluable. Our visions are shared to not only grow the sport of basketball, whether it is in a wheelchair or running, but to also inspire and use the power of the sport to overcome the social and cultural barriers across the world. To be able to integrate and form a closer working relationship with FIBA allows us to have a more joint approach when aspiring to meet these aims. We are one family and stronger together.”
The useful working relationship was established in 1992 by the then IWBF President Sir Philip Craven MBE and the previous FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stankovic following the creation of an unbiased wheelchair basketball federation. IWBF is acknowledged as a basketball group underneath the FIBA General Statutes.