MANILA, Philippines — Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) President Al Panlilio has been appointed as the 2nd Vice President of the Fiba Asia Council for the term 2023-2027 following the Regional Council in Kuala Lumpur.
Panlilio will be a member of the board of directors for the next 5 years with Dr. K. Govindraj being elected president, succeeding the outgoing president of Fiba Asia, Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani
Govindraj of India has been serving Asian basketball for over 30 years.
Former NBA star Yao Ming was elected president, while Akram Halabi was selected as First Vice President.
Fiba Secretary General Andreas Zagklis emphasized the importance of hosting the upcoming World Cup of the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia in August.
“This year we are hosting our biggest event, the Fiba Basketball World Cup, in three Asian countries. Philippines, Japan and Indonesia and this will be the first time the three countries come together with nearly 500 million people. It will be an unprecedented event of quality for the players and fans,” Zagklis said in a statement.
“I would like to thank these countries for taking the flag from China and they will be transferring that flag on September 10 to another Asian country, Qatar,” he added.
Newly elected Fiba Asia board members will join Fiba CEO – Asia Hagop Khajirian and 6 Sub-Region representatives, Yuko Mitsuya (EABA), Kho Poo Thai (SEABA), Tarif Koutrach (WABA), Abay Alpamyssov (CABA), Abhijit Sarker (SABA) and Dr. Ghassan Tashkandi (Bay), to the table. .
Khajirian expressed gratitude to outgoing Fiba Asia President Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani and the previous board.
“Our basketball fraternity has stood firm and shown great courage in times of pandemic, and it is personally my duty to express my gratitude to all the National Member Federations. ours and their councils,” he say.
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