The Basic Secretary of FIBA, Andreas Zaglis gave a web-based press convention with 100 journalists from all around the world through which he basically “opened” the 11 groups – shareholders of the Euroleague.
“What a 12 months we reside for the world and basketball. The 12 months began with two important losses, of David Stern and Coby Bryant, FIBA additionally misplaced Borislav Stankovic.
We needed to react to the pandemic, we have been the primary federation that stopped final March “, stated Andreas Zaglis initially.
The FIBA Secretary Basic then spoke:
For the occasions and the NBA that will likely be accomplished earlier than the Olympic Video games: “The Olympics have dates, which we don’t determine. The very first thing we needed to do was ask why the Video games didn’t happen later in the summertime. The IOC selected the identical dates because the 2020s and so we began them. our dates.
We began speaking to the IOC and acquired an exception, we would be the solely sport to play arrived late. We could have an additional week for our groups to journey to Tokyo. Then we had to take a look at the NBA.
There was a basic dialogue, our job was to see what would occur in a attainable conflict of dates. We had conferences with them and within the dialogue with the Gamers’ Union we had the assist of the athletes, we additionally had Nowitzki-Garbahosa with us.
The NBA understood us and that’s the reason it’s going to begin its season on December 22, in an effort to full the 12 months earlier than the Olympic Video games. “The NBA has proven how a lot it values worldwide basketball and on the identical time we have now proven flexibility by profitable this week from the IOC.”
For his negotiations with the Euroleague brokers on the problem of participant participation within the home windows: “Concerning this system, this season confirmed us how a lot flexibility we had, whereas we didn’t imagine it existed. All of it begins with management and imaginative and prescient. We attempt to change the codecs to attain it.
Concerning the home windows, three years have handed because the begin of the mission. There have been fears at first, which have been dispelled. We have been afraid that the gamers wouldn’t need to journey, that folks wouldn’t have an interest, that there can be accidents.
Collaborating with groups is best from window to window. For the EuroLeague gamers, I can let you know what we did. After the World Cup, we performed a window.
When ULEB requested for extra days, we gave them to them to finish the playoffs. When the gamers requested for extra days, we gave them too. For our half, we’ll all the time be those imaginative and prescient and suppleness, after all we need to see extra gamers.
We perceive that the situations will always mature to seek out options. The Euroleague has to point out flexibility in Friday’s video games, so that is the state of affairs for me. “I don’t need to say a lot in public, I are not looking for a battle.”
On whether or not FIBA realized a lesson from the pandemic: “In instances like these, you all the time have a look at your precedence. The place security is. We have been the one sport that made the window on this planet, with the identical protocol. We had about 900 gamers within the course of.
Even in issues we didn’t see flexibility, there was. New horizons opened in our pondering, for “bubbles”, for brand new codecs, on the finish of the day there are issues that weren’t so huge. Two weeks on the calendar appeared enormous.
That was the large lesson for us. I need to say that this lesson will likely be a part of our philosophy. There’s a means for basketball to be united and develop, we will discover options. I don’t make needs, I favor actions “.
About whether or not he has discussions with the individuals of the Euroleague and in regards to the harm of the pandemic in FIBA: “Earlier than the pandemic broke out, I insisted that there have been dangerous instances in our relationship. We wanted a timeout to then begin constructing a relationship of belief. I can affirm that I had contacts and discussions to repair that relationship.
I can’t say that we have now entered into negotiations, there should first be a degree of belief in our communication. There’s a plan to start out our discussions from a base, it has not progressed thus far, however I’m not saying that it’s going to not transfer ahead in any respect.
Now we have to have good communication with the 11 Euroleague groups, we don’t need to damage them, we wish the precise reverse. Don’t forget that with the nationwide groups we attain new markets, I imagine that we want cooperation and regularity. There have been good moments recently, however once more many gamers have been lacking.
As for the funds, in the event you ask me, I am pleased with the home windows and the truth that we made a three-year calendar in 9 days. The excellent news is that we didn’t cancel something, we moved some occasions by one 12 months. If you would not have occasions, your funds are affected.
Now we have had a loss as all the time after a World Cup, however in 2021 there will likely be many occasions from 2020. We publish our funds each two years, so yow will discover them on-line. The pandemic left us within the center about our huge funding, however we’re in fine condition and regardless of the harm, we’re near what we had calculated.
On this course of you’ll lose companions and discover new ones. We’re not depending on the tickets, however on the areas the place our occasions happen.
Regardless of the pandemic, we’re glad as a result of we diminished our bills in order that over time we will proceed our investments, with out modifications. At the moment we accomplished our actions for the Intercontinental that can happen at the start of January in Buenos Aires “.
On whether or not there’s any considered another event in case the Olympic Video games don’t happen: “We’re working with the IOC, we have now conferences with it, I’m glad for the progress that has been made in order that we will transfer ahead with our major plan, to make the pre-Olympic tournaments that’s the Olympic event.
That’s the place we emphasize and, let me let you know, if the Olympic Video games will not be held for well being causes, there will likely be discussions as this can have an effect on FIBA as properly.
We work with the ILO to have two nice tournaments. It’s a second we have now been ready for years, we need to give 3 + 3 medals to women and men “.
On whether or not there will likely be penalties for federations and groups from the pandemic: “FIBA supplied monetary help to all of the groups that participated within the 2019 World Cup. It was a major funding. Our ranges of assist are a number of, I don’t need to speak about them intimately.
I can let you know that regardless of the pandemic, in Europe we determined and paid the federations for the small nationwide groups, though the occasions didn’t happen! For the remainder of the world, we stored the identical degree even if the entire market has been affected.
FIBA has tasks for improvement applications, the trouble is so nice. At the moment we are attempting to remain near everybody, with our data “.
On whether or not he’s proud of the progress of the Basketball Champions League: “The mission is a part of our technique to alter occasions all over the world. As I stated earlier than, we’re actually fascinated with our system.
BCL cooperates with leagues and agreements. “I am proud of the progress, perhaps you must ask the groups if they’re proud of us.”
For the absence of vital Euroleague gamers from the nationwide groups: “You will need to say that we made a acutely aware resolution, we wished to have a regularity. We tried to convey the nationwide groups near their followers, as a result of they by no means noticed them of their nation. We wished to convey them near the kids.
In Greece we noticed the Nationwide in 1987 after which we noticed it once more after eight years. The truth that some plans have modified on the a part of the EuroLeague is a parameter that hurts our mission. Now we have tried to assist gamers take part of their nationwide groups. We should respect the proper of gamers to decide on.
For the remainder, I’ve realized in my life to respect each groups. What’s altering dramatically and can’t be ignored is the truth that basketball is a world sport that’s discovering new markets.
Now we have smaller nations with good rosters and on the finish of the day after we had the highest gamers in China, we noticed groups just like the Czech Republic do it. We would like a deeper roster, to see new gamers coming behind the superstars who will all the time be there for the large tournaments “.
For the proper of naturalized gamers to take part in nationwide groups: “Now we have been coping with rules many instances, for many years. I cannot say what I really feel, however nations that produce hundreds of gamers and have solely 12 locations of their nationwide groups, give naturalized gamers to different nations.
There should be strict rules, as a result of we wish a younger man to have a reference to the federation he represents. It isn’t simple to have a rule for over 200 federations. You might have been born in a single nation and have citizenship, however this isn’t the case in others. What is definite is that we should defend the game and its validity. “
For complaints in regards to the late inclusion of gamers like Larkin within the “bubbles” of the earlier window: We requested our docs below what situations a participant who’s in a protected atmosphere along with his group, will be late within the “bubbles”.
We had gamers and two coaches who needed to take part. The docs gave us some situations, checks have been achieved, non-public flights have been made, as a result of we have now a imaginative and prescient and since we all the time need to have all of the athletes and coaches of their nationwide groups.
Now we have the data and the desire to do it. In the long run, all this labored, the federations and the groups did job, they collaborated and I hope to see extra such collaborations for the following window, through which essential matches will happen “.