This past week in Mies, Switzerland, the IWBF Executive Council has been meeting with their counterparts in FIBA’s Executive Committee to talk about better integration between the two sport federations. Following these discussions, the IWBF Executive Council announced that they will be setting up a permanent office in the same building as FIBA, and have support staff at the location. The move is part of the IWBF’s move towards greater professionalization.
Secretary General of the IWBF Maureen Orchard was quoted by FIBA as saying, “We have always had a wonderful relationship with FIBA, but our plan moving forward is that we will bring our office to the House Of Basketball. […] We will make it our official address for the future and will also have some staffing supported by FIBA. […] Over the next few years we are also looking to bring our own zones closer to the FIBA regions as well. […] The biggest change will be the way we are moving closer to FIBA as a ‘Corporate Federation’. […] We will see the drawing together of both and by us having a presence in the FIBA building, the staff will be able to interact with the various FIBA department on a daily basis. […] That will be a great strengthening process for us.”
While in Mies, the IWBF Executive Council also had the opportunity to get a tour of the House of Basketball, and came away impressed with the building.