FIBA goes in-house to pick Zagklis as Baumann's successor
Andreas Zagklis, general counsel and director of legal services at FIBA, was today promoted to secretary general of basketball's international governing body.
The Greek national succeeds Patrick Baumann, who had increasingly been seen as one of the most influential administrators in world sport, but who died suddenly, aged 51, of a heart attack in Buenos Aires during the Youth Olympic Games in mid-October.
Zagklis' appointment was unanimously agreed upon by the FIBA central board.
He joined FIBA in 2016, having acted for nine years as its external legal advisor.
FIBA president Horacio Muratore (pictured, left, with Zagklis) said: "I'm very pleased that we have chosen our fourth secretary general from among our own management team. A true basketball person, Andreas knows very well our organisation and he is the right person to lead FIBA following the strategy adopted by the FIBA Congress."
Zagklis added: "The mission is clear, to grow our sport throughout the world and unite the basketball community. I will serve it mindful of FIBA's values and rich history. FIBA will continue to work hand in hand with its national member federations on male and female programmes in its two Olympic disciplines (5x5 and 3x3) as well as support wheelchair basketball. In today’s competitive environment, we shall be modern administrators, prudent regulators and excellent event organisers in order to meet the high expectations of the basketball family, most notably our players, clubs, leagues, fans and partners."
Tokyo 2020 will be the arena for the full Olympic Games debut of 3x3 basketball, the reduced-sides version of the sport that Baumann did much to promote during his time as FIBA secretary general, which began in 2002.