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Cyprus hosts Conference on European Basketball
2005-04-14 12:10:14

Limassol, Apr 14 (CNA) -- A Conference on European Basketball entitled ''European basketball - The way forward'' was organized here today by FIBA All Star Day 2005, on the occasion of the ''All Star Day 2005'', one of the biggest basketball events in the world, that will take place this afternoon in Nicosia.

FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos told CNA that during his meeting Wednesday with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos he expressed his commitment to organised more basketball events in Cyprus.

He also noted that ''All Star Day 2005'' is particularly great and important event, to which 24 distinct basketball players from all over the world will take part.

FIBA Europe President expressed the belief that the organisation of ''All Star Day 2005'' will be very successful.

He also expressed optimism as regards the future of basketball in Greece and Cyprus.

At his speech during the Conference, Vassilakopoulos referred to the past and the present situation as regards basketball in Europe, and expressed his optimism about the future.

FIBA Europe Executive Director Nar Zanolin expressed his satisfaction for the organisation of ''All Star Day 2005'' in Cyprus and noted that he has asked the President of the Organising Committee Michael Loizides that this event is organised in Cyprus next year as well.

''It's fantastice here and am pushing Loizides to repeat it next year,'' he told CNA.

He also also said that the goal of today's conference was to analyse European basket and find ways to improve it.

''We will see things that can be done, ideas, sharing of experiences and make sure that basketball progresses in Europe, we will see where we are, what is happening right now in European basketball, what is the present status in clubs and national teams,'' he noted.

Michael Loizides told CNA that ''today is a great day for Cyprus basketball, a great day for European basketball.''

''We are happy to have this event in Cyprus because it is high time that we organise such events and for the people of Cyprus to see what basketball really means,'' he added.

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