Deaf International Basketball Federation (DIBF) held their Central Board elections in Aoyuan, Chinese Taipei during the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships. Several new members were elected, including Jürgen Endress of Germany as Secretary General, and four members-at large. These are the United States’ David Hamilton, Greece’s Alexandra Katsimperi, Italy’s Dario Pignataro and Japan’s Aki Watanabe.
Returning members of the board include Lithuania’s Aleksas Jasiunas as President, Treasurer Yaacov Keren from Israel, member-at-large from Chinese Taiepei Hsin-Ta Lee, and member-at-large from Ukraine Lavryk Vitalij.
The same elections also saw Gaston Buteler of Argentina appointed as the Finance Controller, and outgoing Secretary General Kjell Gunna of Sweden appointed as the DIBF Secretary General Emeritus. Gunna had served the organization in his role since 1998 and the position’s formalization in 2001. DIBF credited Gunna with assisting in a number of organizational accomplishments including establishing regional club championships, coaching clinics and seminars, youth regional and world championships, developing an effective collaboration with FIBA to bring greater support to deaf basketball, and “Tirelessly advocat[ing] of changing ICSD Constitution / By-laws to allow independent deaf sport government bodies to have more sovereignty and to be on same par as the international governing body do such as FIBA with IOC.”