SBP chief Al Panlilio.

SBP chief Al Panlilio.

MANILA, Philippines — Al Panlilio, chairman of Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP), has been appointed as the 2nd Vice Chairman of the Fiba Asia board for the period 2023-2027, following the District Board in Kuala Lumpur.

Panlilio replaced Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani, outgoing Fiba Asia chairman, with Dr. With the election of K. Govindraj as chairman, he will be part of the board for the next five years.

Govindraj from India has been serving Asian basketball for over 30 years.

Former NBA star Yao Ming was elected president, while Akram Halabi was elected 1st vice president.

Fiba Secretary General Andreas Zagklis emphasized the importance of the World Cup, which will be hosted by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia in August.

“This year, we are playing our biggest event, the Fiba Basketball World Cup, in 3 Asian countries. The Philippines, Japan and Indonesia and will bring together nearly 500 million people for the first time in these three countries. “It will be an unprecedented event in terms of quality for players and fans,” Zagklis said in a statement.

“I want to thank these countries for taking the flag from China and they will hand it over to another Asian country, Qatar, on September 10,” he said.

Newly elected Fiba Asia board members will join Fiba Asia Executive Director Hagop Khajirian and 6 Sub-District representatives, Yuko Mitsuya (EABA), Kho Poo Thai (SEABA), Tarif Koutrach (WABA), Abay Alpamyssov (CABA), Abhijit Sarker (SABA) and Dr. Ghassan Tashkandi (Gulf), billboard.

Khajirian expressed his gratitude to outgoing Fiba Asia President Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani and the previous board of directors.

“Our basketball fraternity has stood strong and shown great resilience during the pandemic, and I have a personal duty to express my gratitude to all our National Member Federations and boards.” said.


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