Dr. K Govindaraj has been unanimously nominated to take over as President of FIBA Asia. The nomination will be formally ratified at the FIBA Asia Congress in a few weeks.
By Nagarjun Dwarakanath: In a first-of-its-kind nomination, an Indian has been nominated as the President of the International Basketball Federation Asia. Dr. K Govindaraj, Karnataka MLC and current President of the Basketball Federation of India, has been unanimously nominated to take over as President of FIBA Asia.
The nomination, which will be formally ratified at the FIBA Asia Congress in a few weeks, makes the senior sports administrator the first Indian to lead the International Basketball Federation in Asia, which includes 44 countries.
Reacting to his nomination, Dr. K Govindaraj said: “It’s an honour for the entire Indian sports fraternity to get an opportunity and responsibility to be at the helm of affairs of Asian basketball and help in the development of basketball in Asia.
“It is also an acknowledgment of sorts for all the good and developmental work we have put together in taking Indian basketball forward. I take this opportunity to thank all my past, present and future colleagues in the Basketball Federation of India, especially the current Secretary General, Mr. Chander Mukhi Sharma, without whose support we could not have achieved what we achieved in recent times,” he said.
“I also thank FIBA Secretary General Mr. Andreas Zagklis and FIBA Executive Director in Asia Mr. Hagop Khajirian for reposing their faith in me and providing me with this opportunity to serve the game of basketball,” he added.
“I may have gone to become FIBA Asia president, but my heart will always remain as the BFI President and I promise to deliver everything Indian basketball deserves and needs,” he said.
Dr. K Govindaraj, who has been in sports administration for decades now, was praised by Karnataka Ministers, MLAs, and MLCs as it was a proud moment for Karnataka during the assembly session in Karnataka.
“Karnataka to become the basketball headquarters of the country. Now an Indian and Kannadiga has taken the highest office for basketball in Asia. China too will report to him now,” the Chief Minister of Karnataka had said earlier.