The Greek jurist Andreas Zagklis, 38, is the new general secretary of FIBA, replacing Patrick Baumann, who died in Buenos Aires on October 13. Currently director of legal services, Zagklis was hired by FIBA in 2016 after having served for nine years as external legal advisor to the international organization. His appointment will be effective from December 8, 2018. "The mission is clear: develop our sport throughout the world and unite the basketball community," he said in his first speech. "FIBA will continue working hand in hand with its national federations. Today, in this competitive environment, we need to be modern managers, prudent regulators and excellent event organizers to meet the high expectations of the basketball family, especially our players, clubs, leagues, fans and partners, "he concluded in his speech. of presentation. "He is a basketball person, knows our organization very well and is ideal to guide FIBA following the strategy adopted in our Congress. We are all convinced that he will do what is necessary to make basketball the most popular sports community in the world, according to the vision of FIBA, "said President Horacio Muratore, one of the great supporters of Zagklis.
With a degree in law and a diploma from the University of Athens, Zagklis completed his training at the universities of Salamanca (Spain) and Western Ontario (Canada). He also received the diploma of post-graduate Olympic studies from the International Olympic Academy and completed the Leadership for Corporate Counselors program at the Harvard Law School (United States). Married and with two daughters, he speaks five languages (English, Spanish, German, French and Greek) and was a player, coach and manager in Greece. In his professional career, Zagklis lent his legal services to players, coaches and basketball clubs and acted as assistant to the Arbitration Court of Sport in three Olympic Games (2004, 2006, 2008). He developed as a lawyer alongside pioneering lawyers in sports law such as the Greek Pantelis Dedes and the German Dirk-Reiner Martens, until he was chosen to head the legal department of the FIBA. From that position he was instrumental in the growth of the Basketball Arbitration Tribunal (BAT), where he supervised more than 1,000 cases, and also in the structural changes of the FIBA approved by the extraordinary Congress of 2014.
Now Zagklis will have to deal with the open conflict between FIBA and the Euroleague due to the schedule established after the launch of qualifying windows for national teams that came into effect last season. Patrick Baumann, who died at the age of 51 due to a heart attack suffered in Buenos Aires, was named Secretary General of FIBA in 2002 to replace the historic Borislav Stankovic and last June he received the backing of his agency to extend his mandate to 2031. With the appointment of Zagklis begins a new era in the FIBA in full crisis between the estates of basketball.