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Vassilakopoulos FIBA VP to 2010

George Vassilakopoulos, the former and longtime president of the Hellenic Basketball Federation (EOK) and president of FIBA Europe, was elected vice president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Tuesday for the period 2006-2010 at a meeting of FIBA’s 212 member-federations in Tokyo, where the 2006 World Men’s Championship is taking place. Australia’s Bob Elphinston, 64, was elected FIBA’s new president, replacing South Korea’s Carl Men Ky Ching. Elphinston, a founding member of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL), was manager of the Australian men’s team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and general manager of the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Company. Patrick Baumann of Switzerland remains as general secretary. FIBA also admitted Montenegro’s basketball federation as its 213th member, following Montenegro’s recent decision, approved by referendum, to dissolve its federation with Serbia.