The new central board of basketball’s world governing body Fiba had the first meeting of its 2019-2023 term in Beijing on Saturday, with various appointments being made to complete its composition.
The central board is Fiba’s top executive body. Its jobs include appointing the secretary-general, the executive committee and the seven permanent Fiba Commissions that examine and advise on different aspects of the sport.
Retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming and Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of the Basketball Federation of the Philippines, have been ‘co-opted’ to the 2019-23 board. Co-opted members are wildcard appointments selected for their “vision, skill and special expertise”.
Mark Tatum, deputy commissioner of the NBA retained his position as the league’s representative on the board, while recently retired NBA star Dirk Nowitzki was appointed chair of the players’ commission, taking over from Vlade Divac.
The rest of the board is made up of: the Fiba president, secretary-general and treasurer; the president of each Fiba continental ‘zone’; and 13 members elected by the Fiba Congress. The 2019-23 board will have 25 members in total.
Three Fiba vice-presidents were also appointed at Saturday’s meeting: Sheikh Saud Al-Thani (Qatar), Turgay Demirel (Turkey) and Burton Shipley (New Zealand).
The central board appointed the following members to the executive committee: Carmen Tocala, Richard Carrion, Mark Tatum, Hamane Niang, Fiba secretary-general Andreas Zagklis, Fiba treasurer Ingo Weiss, and the presidents of Fiba’s five zones – Anibal Manave of Africa, Carol Callan of the Americas, Sheikh Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani of Asia, Turgay Demirel of Europe and Burton Shipley of Oceania.
Newly-named Fiba honorary president Horacio Muratore was appointed as the president of the federation’s social, education and legacy arm International Basketball Foundation. The IPF currently has 15 ongoing projects worldwide, including Mini Basketball, a grassroots program targeted towards school children, and 3×3 “Basketball for Good” tournaments.