FIBA Europe has awarded EuroBasket 2013 to Slovenia. The unanimous decision was taken at the Board’s meeting in Munich, Germany, on Sunday.

This is the first time in history that Slovenia will organise Europe’s most prestigious basketball tournament.

Slovenia remained the only candidate for EuroBasket 2013 after the withdrawal of the other contender, Italy, earlier in the process.

FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson had nothing but praise for the outcome of the vote.

FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson and Secretary General Nar Zanolin, the Slovenian Minister for Sport Dr. Igor Luksic, Slovenian Basketball Federation President Roman Volcic and Secretary General Iztok Rems after the signing of the hosting agreement for EuroBasket 2013

“I’m pleased to see Slovenia been awarded EuroBasket 2013,” he said. “I had the privilege to visit this country three times during this calendar year.

“Once was for the opening of the beautiful new arena in Ljubljana and the friendly game between Slovenia and Spain; on another occasion was there for the anniversary of 60 years of Slovenian Basketball Federation. I like the people, I like the basketball – and I’m a fan of their fans. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart.”

The tournament will take place in five venues in Slovenia in the summer of 2013. The dates have yet to be finalised.

France was given the nod to organise EuroBasket Women 2011.

FIBA Europe also announced the official venues for the 2011 Youth European Championships.

Ten countries will organise the 12 Division A and B tournaments which will see a combined participation of over 200 teams.

Great Britain’s Under-20 men will go to Sarajevo for their Division B group next summer while the women head to Novi Sad, Serbia.

Spain and Poland were approved as the U20 and U18 Men’s tournaments hosts but the venues will be confirmed on a later date.



U20 DIVISION B Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


U18 DIVISION B Varna, Bulgaria

U16 DIVISION A Pardubice/Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

U16 DIVISION B Skopje, F.Y.R. of Macedonia


U20 DIVISION A Novi Sad, Serbia

U20 DIVISION B Ohrid, Macedonia

U18 DIVISION A Oradea, Romania

U18 DIVISION B Miskolc, Hungary

U16 DIVISION A Cagliari, Italy

U16 DIVISION B Arad, Romania

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