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The International Basketball Federation (French Fédération Internationale de Basketball) is an association of national organizations which governs international competitition in the sport. FIBA defines the international rules of the game, specifies the equipment and facilities required, regulates the transfer of athletes across countries, and controls the appointment of international referees. Over 200 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones or "commissions": Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.


The association was founded in Geneva in 1932, two years after the sport was officially recognized by the IOC. Its original name was Fédération Internationale de Basket Ball. Eight nations were founding members: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland.

Since 1950 for men and 1953 for women, FIBA has organized a World Championship, held usually every four years, alternating with the Olympics.

In 1989 FIBA opened the door to Olympic participation by professionals such as players from the NBA in the United States. At this point, the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur became the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, but retained FIBA as an abbreviation.

The Federation headquarters moved to Munich in 1956, then returned to Geneva in 2002.

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USA Basketball: Fiba History (687 words)
FIBA's offices are located in Geneva, Switzerland and Patrick Baumann was named in 2002 as the FIBA Secretary General.
FIBA itself is divided into five regional zones: FIBA Africa (consisting of 53 National Federations), FIBA Americas (consisting of 43 National Federations), FIBA Asia (consisting of 44 National Federations), FIBA Europe (consisting of 50 National Federations), and FIBA Oceania (consisting of 21 National Federations).
USA Basketball is a member of the FIBA Americas Zone, formerly known as the Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA).
FIBA Europe (981 words)
FIBA Europe held its first ever elite coaches meeting on 16th October, launched its coaching web site on the 17th and the EuroBasket draw was held on the 19th in Spain.
FIBA Europe will be hosting a coffee hour with media representatives, members of the EuroBasket Women 2007 Local Organising Committee and others involved with women's basketball to discuss the Year of Women's Basketball project.
FIBA Europe Properties Managing Director Yannick Souvré was honoured by the L'Amicale des Internationaux de Basket for her career and contributions towards women’s basketball during the second annual LFB Basket in the City event which was held this past weekend in Paris.
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