1935: The IOC recognizes FIBA

MIES (Switzerland) – The approval of FIBA ​​by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1935 marked the beginning of a solid relationship between the two entities and it really allowed basketball to develop on a scale world.

Three years after FIBA ​​was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, the recognition brought by the IOC paved the way for what would become an iconic debut appearance at the Olympic Games the following year.

Thus, it was in 1936 in Berlin that basketball was part of the Olympic program for the very first time. This moment was crucial for the discipline and it was made possible by the decision of the IOC confirmed on March 11, 1935.

The famous letter was signed by the President of the International Olympic Committee Henri de Baillet-Latour and by William Jones, Secretary General of FIBA.

Since then, basketball has become one of the main attractions of the Olympics, giving many of the best players in the world participated. The 1992 edition in Barcelona, ​​with the famous American “Dream Team” trained by the legends Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, undeniably marked the spirits.

Another momentous decision for basketball was made on June 9, 2017, when the IOC chose to integrate 3×3 into its Summer Olympics programme. The success met by the discipline during its very first appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games only confirmed this wise choice.

The late FIBA ​​Secretary General Patrick Baumann was an IOC member for more than a decade and was Chairman of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2024 Olympics. He was posthumously awarded the Olympic Order .

Late FIBA ​​Secretary General Patrick Baumann awarded the prestigious Olympic Order posthumously

Former FIBA ​​President George Killian and former FIBA ​​Secretary General Borislav Stankovic were also IOC members.

Andreas Zagklis, the current Secretary General of FIBA, has also been entrusted by IOC President Thomas Bach with a position on the IOC Coordination Commission for the LA 2028 Olympics, while Central Board member of FIBA ​​Richard Carrion chairs the Olympic Channel Commission and that Erick Thohir, also a member of the FIBA ​​Central Board, also became an IOC member at its 134th session in 2019.

IOC President Thomas Bach was FIBA’s guest at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2019 Final in China and took part in the medal ceremony at Wukesong Arena.

IOC President Thomas Bach at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2019

Another example of the close collaboration between the two entities was highlighted during the 6th IOC Session on Sustainability, held virtually as part of the International Federation’s annual Forum in November 2020. FIBA ​​was chosen among the recipients of the Carbon Action award for their efforts towards effective climate action.

Finally, FIBA ​​continues to partner with the IOC through its four Olympic Solidarity programs. These represent a great asset for the development of basketball, 3×3 being one of the sports that benefits the most.


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