Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al Thani unanimously elected as FIBA President until 2027

Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al Thani unanimously elected as FIBA President until 2027

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By QLNews

Qatar’s Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al Thani was unanimously elected as the new president of FIBA for the upcoming 2023-2027 cycle during the XXII FIBA Congress in Manila on Wednesday.

The International Basketball Federation also elected new members of its Central Board during the meeting.

Sheikh Saud succeeded Malian Hamane Niang, who completed four years in office.

The senior Qatari administrator, who was FIBA Vice President during the previous cycle, has also been President of FIBA Asia since 2002. The former Qatar Basketball Federation head also served as a Vice President of the Qatar Olympic Committee.

“It’s a great honour to take over this responsibility — for me, for my country, and for our continent of Asia. I now represent the interests of all 212 National Federations across five Regions,” Sheikh Saud said immediately after being elected to the top post. 

“Basketball is a global sport and this is our most important strength. I can only make one promise today and that’s that I’ll work hard with the leaders of FIBA and the entire Central Board for the good of basketball and for the good of FIBA,” he added. 

Germany’s Ingo Weiss was re-elected for a third term as FIBA Treasurer. The 13-member Central Board consists of Carol Callan (USA), Yamil Alejandro Bukele Perez (El Salvador), Usie Richards (Virgin Islands), Yuko Mitsuya (Japan), Yao Ming (China), Carmen Tocala (Romania), Matej Erjavec (Slovenia), Asterios Zois (Greece), Tor Christian Bakken (Norway), Jubilee Kuartei (Palau), Burton Ross Shipley (New Zealand), Pascale Mugwaneza (Rwanda) and Jean-Michel Ramaroson (Madagascar).

The Central Board members, along with the newly elected President and Treasurer, will be joined by FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis as well as the Presidents of FIBA's five Regions — Anibal Manave of Africa, Fabian Borro of the Americas, Dr K Govindraj of Asia,  Jorge Garbajosa of Europe and David Reid of Oceania. 

The Central Board will appoint a representative of the USA’s National Basketball Association and a representative of the players. In addition, the Central Board may co-opt additional members (with full voting rights) for the vision, skill and special expertise that they bring.

The newly-formed Central Board will meet for the first time on Saturday, September 9, in Manila, on the occasion of the Finals weekend of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

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