Borislav Stanković

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Basketball player
Borislav Stanković
Borislav Bora Stanković.jpg
Player information
birthday 9th July 1925 (age 95)
place of birth Bihać , Yugoslavia
date of death March 20, 2020
Place of death Belgrade , Serbia
Clubs as active
1946–1948 Red Star Belgrade 1948–1950 KK Železničar Belgrade 1950–1953 KK Partizan BelgradeYugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
National team
1948-1953 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Yugoslavia 36
Clubs as coaches
1950–1953 KK Partizan Belgrade 1953–1963 OKK Belgrade 1965 OKK Belgrade 1966–1969 Pallacanestro CantùYugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
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Borislav Stanković ( Serbian - Cyrillic Борислав Станковић ; born July 9, 1925 in Bihać ; † March 20, 2020 in Belgrade ) was a Yugoslav basketball player, coach and official. From 1976 to 2002 he was general secretary of the world basketball association FIBA .


Childhood and youth

Borislav Stanković, named after the writer Borisav Stanković , was born to a Bosnian mother and a Serbian father in Bihać , but grew up primarily in Novi Sad . After the occupation of Vojvodina by Hungarian troops in 1941, the family fled to Belgrade . In early 1945 his father was executed as a supporter of the Chetniks of Draža Mihailović by the Tito partisans . After he was also temporarily detained, Borislav Stanković was called up to the army shortly before the end of the war, but no longer took part in combat operations due to a gunshot wound in an accident.

Player career

As a player, Stanković won the Yugoslav championship with Red Star Belgrade in 1946 and 1947 and took part in the first basketball world championship in 1950 and the European championship in 1953 with moderate success . He played a total of 36 international matches between 1948 and 1953. Stanković was also a table tennis champion in Belgrade in 1946 . At the same time, he studied veterinary medicine at the University of Belgrade , which he successfully completed in 1956.

Coaching career

As coach of OKK Belgrade , Stanković won the Yugoslav championship in 1958, 1960, 1963 and 1965, not least because of Radivoje Korać's playing ability . Much more professional structures and better pay led him to move to Pallacanestro Cantù in Italy in 1966 . He led the club from Lombardy to its first major title, the Italian championship in 1968.

Functionary career

Stanković, who was General Secretary of the Yugoslav Basketball Federation until 1966, had been Associate Secretary General of the World Basketball Federation FIBA since 1960 . From 1969 he then concentrated on his function as a functionary, initially in addition to working as a consultant for OKK Belgrade. From 1972 to 1976 Stanković was Deputy General Secretary of FIBA ​​before he finally succeeded Renato William Jones as full-time General Secretary.

During his term of office, the modernization and professionalization of FIBA, whose number of employees rose from six (1986) to 40 when moving from Munich to Geneva in 2002, and of basketball as a whole. In 1986 FIBA ​​decided to delete the word “amateur” from its name (the abbreviation remained). From 1987 the McDonald's Championships were held, at which NBA teams met for the first time regularly against international teams, and in 1989 professional athletes were finally admitted to competitions of the FIBA. Not least because of the appearances of the American “ Dream Team ” at the Olympic Games in 1992 , the popularity of basketball experienced a worldwide boost. 1998 also took place the recognition of the World Wheelchair Basketball Association International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) by the FIBA. In 2002 Patrick Baumann was finally elected to succeed Stanković.

From 1988 to 2006 Stanković was a member of the International Olympic Committee . He was also Secretary General of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) from 1982 to 1993 .

honors and awards

Stanković was a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1991) and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2000), as well as a founding member of the FIBA Hall of Fame (2007). He was also the recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon (1987), the Senegalese national order Ordre national du Lion (1999) and the Olympic Order (twice), as well as Knight of the Legion of Honor . A building in Alcobendas , Spain , which houses the international center for documentation and research on basketball, and a basketball competition for national teams, the Stanković Cup , are also named after Stanković .

Individual evidence

  1. Euroleague basketball mourns Borislav Stankovic. Euroleague Basketball, March 20, 2020, accessed on March 21, 2020 .
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  6. Krebs, Ströher 2004: 56–58
  7. Krebs, Ströher 2004: 52
  8. Krebs, Ströher 2004: 64
  9. Biography ( Memento of the original from January 10, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. the FIBA ​​Hall of Fame  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Krebs, Ströher 2004: 76
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  12. ^ Associated Press : Federation Rule Change Opens Olympics to NBA Players. The New York Times , April 8, 1989, accessed September 11, 2014 .
  13. Harvey Araton: 20 Years Later, a New World for the NBA The New York Times , June 21, 2012, accessed September 11, 2014 .
  14. Krebs, Ströher 2004: 142
  15. Mr Borislav STANKOVIC - Member Profile in the IOC (English)
  16. ^ Krebs, Ströher 2004: 182
  17. KSS, March 20, 2020: Borislav Bora Stankovic (1925-2020)
  18. Krebs, Ströher 2004: 176


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