The Second FIBA Open – An Exciting Event
This annual event takes place on the weekend of FIBA’s anniversary (18 June 1932). This year’s second edition was a roaring success with a great atmosphere surrounding the playing courts despite the unfortunate weather.
Many people from the nearby French and Swiss region were present at the House of Basketball to dive into the world of 3x3 and visit the Hall of Fame and the exhibition space retracing the history of Basketball and FIBA.
Different activities made the event attractive to all. An original juggler, rappers and a noteworthy raffle with amazing prizes marked a sensational weekend.
A few numbers: 9 3x3 courts, 105 teams, 400 players representing over 60 nationalities, half of them being children, as well as 2000 visitors.
Wheelchair basketball clubs were also invited to this second edition, playing in an exhibition tournament.
The Organizing Committee, with over 100 volunteers, worked relentlessly for this event to meet the promises of a celebration where visitors and players can come together in a relaxed family atmosphere.
The major event of the weekend was the surprise visit of the former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan. FIBA President, Horacio Muratore, IBF (International Basketball Federation) President, Yvan Mainini, and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann, took great pleasure in guiding him through the museum, presenting Basketball’s and FIBA’s history.
“The FIBA Open is one of the missions of the Foundation and 3x3 basketball is at the core of its activities” declared Yvan Mainini. “These initiatives have a strong social aspect. The aim of the event is to present FIBA to the region using 3x3 basketball.”
IBF and FIBA wish to thank all the volunteers who played an essential role in the organization of the weekend.
A special thank you to our generous partners and sponsors whose invaluable contributions self-funded the event and made it possible.
See you next year on 17-18 June 2017 for the 3rd edition of the FIBA Open.
FIBA OPEN 2016 in numbers:
- 9 basketball courts
- 25 referees
- 100 volunteers
- 400 players aged from 5 to 60
- 105 teams
- 4 wheelchair basketball teams
- 27 minibasket teams
- 2'000 visitors