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13 Jul 2020

Suspension of FIBA competitions lifted; chief exec sought for Women's World Cup

FIBA, the international basketball federation, has lifted the suspension of competitions imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the interests of health and safety, FIBA-organised basketball and 3x3 basketball competitions were halted on 13 March.

The governing body said last week that the restart of competitions will be based on the adjusted calendar approved by the FIBA executive committee in April and calendars for continental and sub-continental youth and club competitions confirmed by zone boards after consultation with the international federation’s medical advisory group (MAG).

The competitions include Europe’s Basketball Champions League organised by FIBA and a group of national leagues, which is aiming to complete its 2019-20 season with a Final Eight at a location to be confirmed on 30 September to 4 October.

The MAG has identified various best practices of professional leagues that have restarted their competitions already and collected.

On top of the guidelines for the return of basketball published on 26 May, FIBA is making available the collected national restart protocols to its members and will continue to provide advice through the FIBA medical commission.

Meanwhile, the local organising committee for the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Australia has begun the recruitment process for a chief executive.

The appointed candidate will be responsible for delivering the 12-team event, to be held in Sydney, and driving and delivering the commercial and strategic priorities set by the organisers.

The chief executive will report to the board and have regular communication with the chair.

The job specification states that the chief executive “will require exceptional well-developed interpersonal skills, a proven record in reporting to a board or similar at a high level, both verbally and in written form; and to work with a board on developing the right structure for the delivery of a successful major event.”

It adds that prior experience of a major event requiring strong stakeholder management is essential.

The organising committee for the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup comprises representatives of Basketball Australia, Basketball New South Wales, the New South Wales government and three independent members.

The deadline for applications for the chief executive post is 26 July, and further details are available here.