ASOIF is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Borislav Stanković, the first ASOIF Secretary General who, together with ASOIF’s first President, Primo Nebiolo, led the organisation with great expertise, foresight and devotion for its first ten years from its foundation in 1983 until 1993. Boris was 94 years old. The minutes of an inaugural meeting of ASOIF on 31 May 1983 reflect Boris’ importance and influence in defending the interests of the International Federations (IFs) while promoting unity and reason when dealing with delicate issues such as revenue distribution.
From an early age Stanković was passionate about sport and especially basketball. He dedicated his life to the development of sport at all levels: as a player, as a coach and administrator, culminating with his roles as Secretary General (1976-2002) and Secretary General Emeritus (since 2002) of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Stanković represented the Summer Olympic IFs on several IOC commissions and also contributed to the organisation of the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 as part of the Coordination Commission (2000-2004). He was an IOC member for 18 years (1988-2006) and remained an IOC Honorary Member until his death.
ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti remembers a great personality and sports leader when he says “we will always gratefully recall his enormous contributions to the establishment of ASOIF and the Olympic Movement at large, together with his even-handed approach, wisdom, commitment and kindness. We will dearly miss him.”
ASOIF’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.