GENEVA, Switzerland (FIBA) - The FIBA Equipment & Venue Centre has been unveiled as the new name of the department formerly known as the FIBA Study Centre, the International Basketball Federation announced on Friday.
The renaming reflects the fact that equipment and venues are a recurring theme and the core business of the department.
Through the FIBA Equipment and Venue Centre, the world governing body for basketball strives to achieve a high standard of quality, safety and high-tech for athletes, members of the public and the media, as their demands keep growing at a rapid pace. This is accomplished through controls and inspections of facilities and equipment.
Originally founded in 1993 under the name 'FIBA Research & Study Centre', the department set out to increase the safety and quality of the equipment related to the sport of basketball. Over the last 20 years, it has operated with the objective of helping to equip and increase the number of sports facilities throughout the world as well as encourage the construction of basic amenities and the refurbishment of older ones.
The FIBA Equipment and Venue Centre is behind landmark facilities such as the Wukesong Indoor Stadium (venue of the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament), the Saitama Super Arena (home to the Final Round of the 2006 FIBA World Championship) and the Belgrade Arena (which hosted the Final Round of EuroBasket 2005). It also provided its expertise for the venues of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey and the 2012 London Olympics.
Additionally, it is responsible for putting together key publications (Guide to Basketball Facilities, Safety Standards, Outdoor Guide, etc…) which provide technical assistance.
The FIBA Equipment and Venue Centre started off with three companies involved in the manufacturing of backstop units and in the implementation of that equipment's safety features. These companies became partners in 1993.
Nowadays, it counts nearly 70 partners and associates, some of which are involved simultaneously in several of the categories of sports equipment which include flooring, scoreboards, video systems, backstop units, lighting, electronic systems, basketballs, seating systems and miscellaneous.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann talked about how crucial the work carried out by the FIBA Equipment and Venue Centre is for basketball worldwide.
"Basketball should be played in the best functional and organisational conditions. With this in mind, we look to ensure that all the sports facilities are secure and safe for athletes and public alike and that the events are as spectacular and engaging as possible," he explained.
Baumann thanked all those who have been involved with the department over the years.
"The on-going tasks of the FIBA Equipment & Venue Centre could only be fully achieved with the help of our partners, associates and the contribution of all national federations who wish to have state-of-the art sports halls for their teams, their visitors and most of all, the general public," he said.
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