BFI President Dr. K. Govindaraj Ist Indian to become FIBA Asia President

FIBA Asia President

Dr. K. Govindaraj, a Congress MLC, has been elected as the President of FIBA Asia, the International Basketball Federation in Asia. He is also the President of the Basketball Federation of India and the Karnataka Olympic Association. This historic nomination marks the first time an Indian has been chosen to lead FIBA Asia, which represents 44 countries. Dr. Govindaraj’s appointment was unanimously ratified at the FIBA Asia Congress, solidifying his position as the first Indian to hold this prestigious role in the international basketball community in Asia.

Dr. K. Govindaraj has assumed the role of President of FIBA Asia, succeeding Qatar’s Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani, who served as the head of FIBA Asia for four consecutive five-year terms since 2002. Following his confirmation, Dr. Govindaraj expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and responsibility to lead Asian basketball. He emphasized that it is an honor for the entire Indian sports fraternity and pledged to contribute towards the development of basketball in Asia during his tenure.

Dr. K. Govindaraj emerged as the sole nominee for the position of FIBA Asia President. Additionally, he led a group of 11 other nominees for the FIBA Asia Zone Board. Among the nominees was Yao Ming, a renowned Chinese basketball legend and eight-time NBA All-Star, who was vying for the role of FIBA Asia Zone Chairman. The list of nominees demonstrated a strong and diverse pool of individuals contributing to the governance and development of basketball in the Asian region.

About the FIBA

FIBA, or the International Basketball Federation, is the governing body for basketball worldwide. It is responsible for organizing and overseeing international basketball competitions, setting the rules of the game, and promoting the development of basketball globally. It was established in 1932 and is headquartered in Switzerland.

FIBA Asia is the regional office of FIBA that focuses on basketball activities in the Asian continent. It governs and organizes basketball competitions and events in Asia, including continental championships, qualifiers, and other tournaments. FIBA Asia plays a vital role in promoting and growing the sport of basketball in the region.

Both FIBA and FIBA Asia work together to foster the growth of basketball, maintain fair competition, and ensure the overall development and success of the sport at both the global and regional levels.

About The Basketball Federation of India (BFI)

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is the governing body for the sport of basketball in India. It is responsible for organizing and overseeing basketball competitions, promoting the sport, and developing the game at all levels throughout the country.

The BFI is affiliated with FIBA, the international governing body for basketball, and is recognized by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. The federation works closely with FIBA Asia, the regional office of FIBA, to coordinate basketball activities and competitions in the Asian continent.

The BFI is involved in various initiatives to develop and promote basketball in India, including organizing national championships, conducting coaching and referee programs, and supporting the participation of Indian teams in international tournaments. The federation aims to improve the standard of basketball in India, identify and nurture talented players, and create opportunities for them to compete at the highest level.

Through its efforts, the Basketball Federation of India strives to popularize and grow the sport of basketball, enhance the competitiveness of Indian basketball teams, and create a strong foundation for the future of the game in the country.


Who owns FIBA?

FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, is not owned by any individual or private entity. It is an international governing body for basketball that operates as a non-profit organization. FIBA is composed of national basketball federations from different countries, and each member federation has a voice and voting rights in the decision-making process.

Does FIBA control the NBA?

No, FIBA does not control the NBA (National Basketball Association). The NBA is a professional basketball league based in North America and is separate from FIBA, which is the international governing body for basketball.
While FIBA governs and regulates basketball at the global level, its authority does not extend to the operations and administration of domestic leagues such as the NBA. The NBA operates independently and has its own governance structure, rules, and regulations.


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