Yvan Mainini, the President of the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) since 1992, was unanimously elected as the 11th FIBA President on 6th September 2010 during the FIBA World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.
According to the principle of continental rotation and with statutes limiting the term of office to one four-year period, the FIBA Presidency was passed over to a European in 2010. Mainini was nominated for the presidency by the FIBA Europe General Assembly in Munich, Germany in May.
“I am flattered by the overwhelming confidence the Congress has shown me in today’s election,” he said. “I will do everything to justify this confidence and move the sport forward at the same pace as my predecessor.”
“Looking ahead, I am determined to work on a harmonised basketball calendar that gives clubs and national teams the exposure they both deserve. I will also further enhance FIBA’s mission to find new ways of growing the game. FIBA33 is certainly one way but by no means the only one.”
Born in the French city of Bayeux on 26th December 1944, he began playing basketball in 1957 and four years later, at only 16 years of age, became the head coach of his hometown team. He was in charge of that side for a total of 17 seasons before moving on to Mondeville where he walked the sidelines from 1979 to 1982 and then in 1984.
He began refereeing when he was 17 and was a national referee just two years later. He went on to officiate in international competitions from 1973 to 1988, including three Olympic Games and three FIBA World Championships. He officiated in the 1982 and 1986 World Championship finals between the USA and the USSR. He refereed over 1,000 top-level games including 300 internationals.
Off the court, Mainini graduated from the University of Caen with a degree in geography in 1977. He completed a Masters Degree in Law and Economy of Sport in Limoges in 1993.
After working as a physical education professor for schools in his native area of Calvados (1965-1983), he went on to become Director of the Sports Department in Mondeville (1983-1988) and later the Manager of the Sports, Culture and Communication Department for that very same municipality.
He first got involved in the administrative side of basketball by becoming a member of Calvados’ Basketball Committee (1968-1972) and he then went on to serve as President of the League of Basse-Normandie (1984-1992) before taking his position as President of the FFBB.
Additionally, he has been a member of the FIBA Central Board since 1994, and served as its Vice-President for four years (1998-2002). He also had a term as FIBA Europe President (1998-2001).
He is involved in the Olympics movement, serving as a special adviser to the French National Olympic Committee President.
Mainini is married and has two children.
Mainini's predecessor Bob Elphinston from Australia served for the 2006 - 2010 term of office, but he will stay involved with FIBA as President of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) which is overseeing the constructions of state-of-the-art headquarters for basketball’s governing body in the community of Mies, on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. He will also be President of FIBA Oceania, a position he has held before.
“The opportunity to be President of FIBA was truly a remarkable one. One does not often get to be president of a federation, especially not one as highly reputable as FIBA,” he said, reflecting on the last four years since being elected at the 18th FIBA World Congress in Tokyo, Japan.
“Basketball is the second most popular sport in the world and FIBA is one of the best administered federations in the world. Being president was a real privilege."