PARIS/BUENOS AIRES - As the old saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
That was the sentiment in Argentina and France over the weekend, where leading basketball figures were given the green light to continue with important roles.
While Jean-Pierre Siutat was re-elected as French Basketball Federation (FFBB) President, the Argentina Basketball Confederation (CABB) voted to keep Dr German Vaccaro as their President.
“I was a part of (current FIBA President and former FFBB President) Yvan Mainini’s team for a number of years, but when I took over as president I really wanted to make the role mine,” Siutat said.
Siutat was first elected in November of 2010, after Mr Mainini left the position to take on the role of FIBA President.
“I’ve worked very hard,” Siutat said.
“I’ve had 3,000 meetings in two years. I’ve been everywhere.
“We have 500,000 registered players and 2.5 million recreational players.
“We’re working hard to make sure that the basketball family in France keeps growing.”
The year 2012 was especially sweet for France as their senior men’s and women’s national teams competed at the London Games, ending a 12-year wait.
While the men fell to their foes Spain in the Quarter-Finals, the women reached the Final and came away with a silver medal.
The CABB has thrived under Vaccaro, who was first elected in 2008.
The country hosted and won the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship, which was a big success.
The Argentina men played at the Olympics for the third time in a row while the women played at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQTW) in Ankara, Turkey.
Vaccaro was re-elected during the confederation’s Annual Assembly.
Speaking to CABB.com.ar, Vaccaro said: "I was delighted by the large federal presence in the Assembly, with many presidents and provincial representatives who demonstrate a great commitment to continue working for our sport.
“They all appreciate the confidence and unanimously elected me, showing there is unity and a desire to continue on this path.”