Irish sports administration received a welcome shot in the arm at the weekend when Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne was elected to the Board of FIBA Europe, the Governing Body for the sport in Europe.
O’Byrne topped the poll of those standing for election with 84 per cent of those voting giving him their support.
He will now serve a four-year term on the Board, advancing the cause of the sport across Europe and representing Ireland as well as other smaller nations.
Basketball Ireland came to high prominence in recent years when hosting the U18 Small Nations Tournament so successfully between the National Basketball Arena and the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena before then doubling down with the Women’s Small Nations Tournament in Cork last year.
Both tournaments were highly praised for their professionalism and logistics and that secured significant positive sentiment towards Ireland.
The advance of the national Leagues and expansion of participating teams, as well as the staging of two successful 3X3 tournaments and the hosting of the Junior NBA have also added to Ireland’s profile on the international Basketball scene.
“I’m delighted to be elected to this prestigious role on to the FIBA Europe Board today. This is a proud day for myself, but also for my family and for Basketball Ireland,” said O’Byrne after his election.
We’ve had a rough couple of years with a number of senior administrators in Europe but it has to be hoped that O’Byrne will help to set our record straight alongside others including Warren Deutrom in Cricket, Liam Harbison during his time at Paralympics Ireland, and Sarah Keane and Sarah O’Shea in the Olympic Movement.