Thursday, June 20, 2013

18 th JUNE 2013 - FIBA INNAUGURATION OF THE HOUSE OF BASKETBALL

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FIBA inaugurates House of Basketball
SEICOM Sports Parquet Floor - FIBA Study Center Partner since 1996 

MIES, Switzerland - FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, on Tuesday held an Inauguration Ceremony to officially unveil its new headquarters, the House of Basketball.

Since 1996 the Company’s been FIBA Study Center (Geneva) Partner.
Seicom therefore takes part to all exhibitions and decisional meetings held by FIBA relevant to international provisions.

More than 400 guests - including representatives of FIBA’s member national federations across its five zones, as well as marketing partners and members of the 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame - gathered on the outskirts of Geneva for this special event, which took place on FIBA''s 81st birthday.

During an hour-long show featuring speeches and spectacle, distinguished guests Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation, and Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), paid tribute to FIBA and the International Basketball Foundation.

"I am convinced that this state-of-the-art facility will send a clear signal in the area of economic development. FIBA''s decision to build its headquarters here serves as proof that this region - and Switzerland as a whole - is steady, reliable and central," said Mr Maurer.

"As President of the Swiss Confederation and as Minister for Sports, this confidence pleases me."

Mr Rogge praised the fact that the building captured the spirit of FIBA entirely.

"I am delighted to participate in the inauguration of the House of Basketball today. The new headquarters represent the spirit of FIBA: solid, universal and dynamic," he said.

"I was particularly impressed by the innovative design of the building shaped like a hand and also designed to look like a basketball net. With the close proximity of Mies to Lausanne, we look forward to continuing our strong collaboration."

While the people in attendance for the Inauguration Ceremony are closely linked to FIBA, its President, Yvan Mainini, pointed out that the doors of the House of Basketball are open to lovers of the sport worldwide.

"The House of Basketball is more than just FIBA’s headquarters. It is a home for all basketball lovers around the world," he said.

"The cultural heritage and history of our sport now has a safe place to be preserved and promoted."

FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann explained how the unique design of the House of Basketball stands for the values of basketball’s world governing body.
Patrick Bauman FIBA Secretary General
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Bilé Alphonse FIBA Africa's General Secretary
"The hand shape of the House of Basketball reflects a key element of our sport, as well as a symbol of team spirit and unity. In Mies, FIBA''s identity becomes part of the landscape," he said.

"This building represents our sport organisation, while the woven net structure that sustains it represents all its member federations. It is an investment in the future of our sport."

The 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame will be enshrined at an Induction Ceremony on Wednesday 19 June at the House of Basketball.

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