Dr K. Govindaraj elected as the President of International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Asia. He is a Congress MLC. He is also the President of Basketball Federation of India and President of Karnataka Olympic Association. Govindaraj was unanimously nominated to take over as President of FIBA Asia. This is the first time that an Indian has been nominated as the President of FIBA Asia. The nomination was ratified at the FIBA Asia Congress making Govindaraj, the first Indian to lead the International Basketball Federation in Asia, which includes 44 countries.
Govindaraj has replaced Qatar’s Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani, who was serving his fourth five-year term as head of FIBA Asia since 2002. After confirmation of the post, Govindraj had stated that it’s an honour for the entire Indian sports fraternity to get an opportunity and responsibility to be at the helm of affairs of Asian basketball, and help develop basketball in Asia.
About the International Basketball Federation (FIBA):
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is the governing body for the sport of basketball worldwide. Established in 1932 and headquartered in Switzerland, FIBA is responsible for overseeing and regulating international basketball competitions, including the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Championships, and the Olympic basketball tournaments. FIBA sets the rules and regulations of the game, promotes the development of basketball globally, and works towards the advancement and promotion of the sport at all levels. Additionally, FIBA is responsible for accrediting and organizing international basketball referees and coaches.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- International Basketball Federation Founded: 18 June 1932;
- International Basketball Federation Headquarters: Mies, Switzerland;
- International Basketball Federation President: Hamane Niang.