Dr. K. Govindaraj has been elected President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in Asia. He is a member of the Congress Legislative Council. He also serves as President of the Basketball Federation of India and the 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 approved by the FIBA Asia Congress, making Govindaraj the first Indian to manage the International Basketball Federation in Asia, which has 44 member 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 establishes game rules and regulations, encourages basketball development globally, and seeks to advance and promote the sport at all levels. FIBA is also in charge of accrediting and organising 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.
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