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The INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL FEDERATION, more commonly known as FIBA, FIBA
FIBA
WORLD, or FIBA
FIBA
INTERNATIONAL (/ˈfiːbə/ _FEE-bə_ ), from its French name _Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball_, is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball . Originally known as the _Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball AMATEUR_ (hence FIBA), in 1989 it dropped the word _amateur_ from its official name but retained the acronym; the "BA" now represents the first two letters of _basketball_.

FIBA
FIBA
defines the international rules of basketball , specifies the equipment and facilities required, regulates the transfer of athletes across countries, and controls the appointment of international referees . A total of 213 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones or "commissions": Africa
Africa
, Americas
Americas
, Asia
Asia
, Europe
Europe
, and Oceania
Oceania
.

The FIBA
FIBA
Basketball
Basketball
World
World
Cup is a world tournament for men's national teams held every four years. Teams compete for the Naismith Trophy , named in honor of basketball's Canadian creator James Naismith . The tournament structure is similar but not identical to that of the FIFA
FIFA
World
World
Cup in football; these tournaments occurred in the same year from 1970 through 2014, but starting in 2019 , the Basketball
Basketball
World
World
Cup will move to the year following the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup. A parallel event for women's teams, the FIBA
FIBA
Women\'s Basketball World
World
Cup , is also held quadrennially; from 1986 through 2014, it was held in the same year as the men's event but in a different country. The women's tournament will continue to be held in the same year as the FIFA
FIFA
World
World
Cup.

In 2009 FIBA
FIBA
announced three new tournaments: two 12-team U-17 World Championships (one each for men and women) to be played in July 2010, and an eight-team FIBA
FIBA
World
World
Club Championship to be launched in October 2010. However, the FIBA
FIBA
World
World
Club Championship did not materialize. In its place, FIBA
FIBA
instead relaunched its original world club championship for men, the FIBA Intercontinental Cup , in 2013.

The newest worldwide FIBA
FIBA
tournaments for national teams are in the three-player half-court variation, 3x3 . The FIBA 3x3 U-18 World Championships were inaugurated in 2011, and the FIBA 3x3 World Championships for senior teams followed a year later. All events include separate tournaments for men's, women's, and mixed teams. The U-18 championships, held annually, feature 32 teams in each individual tournament. The senior championships have 24 teams in each individual tournament, and are held in even-numbered years.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 From amateur to fully professional NBA
NBA
status * 1.2 Presidents * 1.3 Secretaries General

* 2 Tournaments

* 2.1 World
World
Champions * 2.2 Continental Champions * 2.3 3x3 World
World
Champions

* 3 Awards

* 3.1 Most Valuable Player

* 4 NIKE FIBA
FIBA
World
World
rankings * 5 Sponsors * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

Old FIBA
FIBA
logo. FIBA
FIBA
divides the world into 5 commissions, each roughly based on a continent. FIBA
FIBA
in Mies.

The association was founded in Geneva
Geneva
in 1932, two years after the sport was officially recognized by the IOC . Its original name was _Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur_. Eight nations were founding members: Argentina , Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
, Greece
Greece
, Italy , Latvia
Latvia
, Portugal , Romania
Romania
, and Switzerland
Switzerland
. During the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin
Berlin
, the Federation named James Naismith (1861–1939), the founder of basketball , as its Honorary President.

FIBA
FIBA
has organized a World
World
Championship, now known as World
World
Cup , for men since 1950 and a Women's World
World
Championship, now known as the Women\'s World
World
Cup , since 1953. From 1986 through 2014, both events were held every four years, alternating with the Olympics . As noted above, the men's World
World
Cup will be moved to a new four-year cycle, with tournaments in the year before the Summer Olympics, after 2014.

The Federation headquarters moved to Munich
Munich
in 1956, then returned to Geneva
Geneva
in 2002. In 1991, it founded the FIBA Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame
; the first induction ceremony was held on 12 September 2007, during EuroBasket 2007 . During its 81st anniversary in 2013, FIBA
FIBA
moved into its new headquarters, "The House of Basketball", at Mies
Mies
. Patrick Baumann is the current Secretary General of FIBA.

FROM AMATEUR TO FULLY PROFESSIONAL NBA
NBA
STATUS

In April 1989, under then FIBA
FIBA
Secretary General Borislav Stanković , FIBA
FIBA
opened the door to Olympics participation for players from the NBA
NBA
in the United States, rather than just to players from amateur , semi-professional , or even fully professional basketball leagues, excluding the NBA, as had been the case up until that point in time. Up until that point, even players from some fully registered and licensed professional leagues could qualify to compete at the Olympics, as long as they did not play in the NBA. After making this monumental rules change, the _Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur_ became the _Fédération internationale de basket-ball_, but it retained _FIBA_ as an abbreviation .

The first times that current NBA
NBA
players, that had also already played in an official regular season NBA
NBA
game, were allowed to compete at the three major men's international national team basketball competitions ( FIBA EuroBasket , FIBA
FIBA
World
World
Cup , and the Summer Olympic Games ) were the 1990 FIBA
FIBA
World
World
Championship (now called FIBA World
World
Cup), where only non-American NBA
NBA
players were allowed to play, the 1991 FIBA EuroBasket , and the 1992 Summer Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
. The 1994 FIBA
FIBA
World
World
Championship was the first time that the FIBA
FIBA
World Cup allowed current American NBA
NBA
players that had already played in an official NBA
NBA
regular season game to play. FIBA
FIBA
considers then that the FIBA EuroBasket became officially a fully professional tournament in 1991, and the same with the Olympics in 1992, and the FIBA
FIBA
World
World
Cup in 1994. All the earlier editions of those tournaments are counted under the "amateur" status.

PRESIDENTS

* 1932–1939: James A. Naismith (honorary) * 1932–1948: Leon Bouffard * 1948–1960: Willard Greim * 1960–1968: Antonio dos Reis Carneiro * 1968–1976: Abdel Moneim Wahby * 1976–1984: Gonzalo Puyat II * 1984–1990: Robert Busnel * 1990–1998: George E. Killian * 1998–2002: Abdoulaye Seye Moreau * 2002–2006: Dr. Carl Men Ky Ching * 2006–2010: Bob Elphinston * 2010–2014: Yvan Mainini * 2014–present: Horacio Muratore

SECRETARIES GENERAL

YEARS NAME

1932–1976 Renato William Jones

1976–2002 Borislav Stanković

2002– Patrick Baumann

TOURNAMENTS

WORLD CHAMPIONS

TOURNAMENT FIBA
FIBA
WORLD CUP YEAR OLYMPICS YEAR

Men _ United States
United States
(5) 2014 United States
United States
(15) 2016

Women United States
United States
(9) 2014 United States
United States
(8) 2016

U-19 Men Canada (1) 2017 Lithuania (1) 2014 _

U-19 Women _ Russia (1) 2017 United States
United States
(1) 2014 _

U-17 Men _ United States
United States
(4) 2016 N/A_

U-17 Women _ Australia (1) 2016 N/A_

* _The Youth Olympic Games are an U-19 event, played in FIBA
FIBA
3x3 format._

CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONS

TOURNAMENT FIBA
FIBA
AFRICA YEAR FIBA
FIBA
AMERICAS YEAR FIBA
FIBA
ASIA YEAR FIBA
FIBA
EUROPE YEAR FIBA
FIBA
OCEANIA YEAR

Men Nigeria (1) 2015 Venezuela (1) 2015 China (16) 2015 Spain (3) 2015 Australia (19) 2015

Women Senegal (11) 2015 Canada (2) 2015 Japan (4) 2017 Spain (3) 2017 Australia (15) 2015

U-18 Men Angola (4) 2016 United States
United States
(8) 2016 Iran (3) 2016 Serbia (10) 2017 New Zealand (1) 2016

U-18 Women Mali (6) 2016 United States
United States
(9) 2016 China (15) 2016 France (2) 2016 Australia (7) 2016

U-16 Men Mali (1) 2017 United States
United States
(5) 2017 South Korea (1) 2015 Spain (4) 2016 Australia (5) 2017

U-16 Women Mali (4) 2015 United States
United States
(4) 2017 China (3) 2015 Spain (10) 2016 Australia (5) 2017

3X3 WORLD CHAMPIONS

TOURNAMENT FIBA
FIBA
3X3 WORLD CUP YEAR

Men Serbia (3) 2017

Women Russia (1) 2017

U-18 Men Belgium (1) 2017

U-18 Women United States
United States
(3) 2017

AWARDS

Main article: FIBA Awards

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

TOURNAMENT MOST RECENT AWARDEE TEAM YEAR

Men Kyrie Irving United States
United States
2014

Women Maya Moore United States
United States
2014

U-19 Men R. J. Barrett Canada 2017

U-19 Women Maria Vadeeva Russia 2017

U-17 Men Collin Sexton United States
United States
2016

U-17 Women Eziyoda Magbegor Australia 2016

NIKE FIBA
FIBA
WORLD RANKINGS

Further information: FIBA
FIBA
World
World
Rankings

* #1 men's team: United States
United States
* #1 women's team: United States
United States
* #1 boys' team: United States
United States
* #1 girls' team: United States
United States
* #1 combined ranking: United States
United States

SPONSORS

* Beijing Enterprises Group Company Limited * Molten * Tencent
Tencent
* Wanda Group * Nike, Inc.

REFERENCES

* ^ 2014 _General Statutes_ of FIBA, Article 47.1

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Basketball
Basketball
portal

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