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Demirel retains presidency at Fiba Europe

Turgay Demirel has secured a second term as president of the European division of the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) after seeing off competition from two rival candidates.

A former member of the Turkish national team and president of the Turkish Basketball Federation, Demirel was re-elected as Fiba Europe for the 2019-2023 cycle at the governing body’s general assembly.

Having received 27 of 50 votes, he prevailed over Fiba Europe vice-president, Cyriel Coomans from Belgium, in the second round of voting. From the three initial candidates, Dejan Tomasevic, the secretary general of the Serbian Basketball Federation, did not progress to the second round of voting.

Demirel is also the vice-president of Fiba and first assumed the presidency of Fiba Europe in May 2014, succeeding the late Ólafur Rafnsson.

Demirel said: “It promises to be an exciting era and as I said before we can only be stronger if we remain united in our family in Europe but also all over the world. We know exactly what the challenges are and we are ready to work hard for the next four years.”