Garbajosa re-elected: "We are better than four years ago"

The former player will occupy the position of president for four more years after obtaining the support of 66 of the 72 delegates present.


Jorge Garbajosa revalidated his position as 11th president of the Spanish Basketball Federation at the Extraordinary General Assembly held this Monday at the Hotel Meliá Castilla in Madrid. The president will hold the position for the next four years, in the period between 2020 and 2024, and with the support of 66 of the 72 delegates gathered in a ceremony held under strict hygiene and security measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. : taking the temperature, partitions between voters and the table (Pablo Laso was among the four lucky ones), safety distance between those present ... There were no votes against the former player's candidacy, but there were six blank ones.

“Thank you very much to all attendees on such an important day. This unanimous support is a source of pride and emotion. It is an endorsement of the last four years in which we have worked a lot, with successes, failures, the odd mistake ... The Federation and basketball are better now than four years ago, "said Jorge Garbajosa in his first speech after being reelected as maximum president of Spanish basketball.

“These are very difficult moments. The pandemic has turned us upside down, but we have to worry about ourselves. We have to ensure that basketball does not lose its place, that of leading. The decisions we make will seek the common good. In this last cycle we have received 31 medals and I do not know how many we will achieve in the future, but I do ask that we fight and that we all feel part of the project, "he continued.

Irene Lozano and Alejandro Blanco

Among those attending the Assembly, Irene Lozano, president of the Higher Sports Council, and Alejandro Blanco, of the Spanish Olympic Committee stood out. “This is a very important day for FEB. It is a pride that this electoral process takes place under these circumstances, ”Lozano said in the first speech in the morning. “We have a winter that will be difficult, but we have the strength and the will to work and be united. Two elements necessary to get all of this together ”.

Alejandro Blanco also intervened: “We are talking about a Federation flag and standard in Spanish sport, with a president who carries the DNA of basketball since he was born. It is the most awarded Federation, with four Olympic medals and two world golds. The girls are silver in Rio and three medals in World Cups. But these last four years are the most successful period in its history, with medals in all categories. ”

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