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December 1, 2016

The FIBA

Since the eighteenth day of June in the year nineteen thirty two, the international body representing the various national basketball systems has been FIBA, or the Fédération internationale de basket – ball. Previously known as the Fédération internationale de basket – ball amateur, which yielded the original abbreviated name FIBA, the word amateur was dropped from the official name of the Fédération internationale de basket – ball in the year of nineteen eighty nine in recognition of the fact that the body now represented the professional game at many levels. In order to retain the acronym FIBA that the Fédération internationale de basket – ball amateur had already widely been known by for many years, the A in the abbreviation FIBA was revised to stand for the second letter ‘a’ of ‘basket – ball’ in Fédération internationale de basket – ball, rather than the initial letter ‘a’ of ‘amateur’ in Fédération internationale de basket – ball amateur that it previously had represented.

The founding members of the Fédération internationale de basket – ball amateur, as it was then known, were Switzerland / Suisse / Schweiz / Svizzera, Portugal, Romania / România, Latvia / Latvija, Greece / Ελλάδ, Czechoslovakia / Československo / Česko-Slovensko, and Argentina. All of the founding members of the Fédération internale de basket – ball amateur were European nations, with the exception of Argentina. The efforts of the newly formed Fédération internale de basket – ball amateur were instrumental in having basketball admitted as an Olympic sport for the first time in the controversial nineteen thirty six Olympic games in Berlin, where basketball was played with outdoor basketball hoops on a clay surfaced court.

During these Olympic games, the Fédération internationale de basket – ball amateur decided to name the Canadian man who first invented basketball in the United States of America in the year eighteen ninety one, James Naismith, as its honorary president. Less than three years later, he would be dead. The first world championships in basketball were organised by the Fédération internationale de basket – ball amateur in the year nineteen fifty, and were won by by Argentina in a match against the United States of America. Historically, the United States of America and the former Yugoslavia have been the two most successful nations in the World Championships, which were later renamed the World Cup. Each team has had five wins each in the World Championships, with the most recent being the United States of America in the year two thousand and fourteen. While previously the World Championships and more lately World Cup have been held every four years on the same year as the winter Olympics, as of two thousand and nineteen the Fédération internationale de basket – ball has opted to hold the World Cup every four years in the year following the winter Olympics to avoid clashes with the soccer World Cup. There are a wide range of portable basketball system.

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