Dr K. Govindaraj Becomes The New President of Basketball Federation of India

Current Affairs

  • 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.
  • Dr K. Govindaraj succeeds Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani of Qatar, who was serving his fourth five-year term as head of FIBA Asia since 2002. In 1960, Ambrosia Padilla of the Philippines became the first FIBA Asia President.

International Basketball Federation (FIBA):-

  • The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is the governing body for the sport of basketball around the world, which was established on 18 June 1932 in Switzerland.
  • Apart from Asia, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has four other regions, namely Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania.
  • FIBA sets the rules and regulations of the game, promotes the development of basketball globally, and works towards the advancement and promotion of the game at all levels.
  • Additionally, FIBA is responsible for accrediting and organizing international basketball referees and coaches.

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