For the next five years, former FIBA Africa President Hamane Niang will run basketball world’s governing body FIBA as President following his unanimous election to the position.

The long term President of the Malian Basketball Federation and former Malian Minister of Sport takes over from Argentine Horacio Muratore who served as President from 2014 to 2019. Niang’s term runs from 2019-2023.

Members of the new Central Board for FIBA were also elected to office by 156 National Association delegates. German Ingo Weiss retained his position as FIBA Treasurer after the election.

Speaking to FIBA after his election, Niang said, “I sincerely thank all the National Federations for the trust they have placed in me today…We must continue to play the leading role in developing our sport. Together, we can become the most popular sports community in the world.”

Niang graduated with a Masters Degree in Economics Science in Dakar, Senegal and a Postgraduate Diploma in Caen, France.

His election comes ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup which tips off on Saturday, August 31 in China.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter

New FIBA President Niang Photo Courtesy: FIBA
Delegates at the FIBA Congress. Photo Courtesy: FIBA
Former FIBA Africa President Hamane Niang


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