Happy Birthday, FIBA Oceania
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On Sunday, FIBA Oceania celebrated its 44th anniversary. Let’s take a quick look at how it all began.
In 1968, the Oceania Basketball Confederation – as it was then known – had been several years in the making thanks, in large part to Australian Al Ramsay and the late Sir Lance Cross from New Zealand.
In spite of only five countries from the Pacific region being members of FIBA at the time (Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu), Ramsay and Cross believed in the potential of uniting under a broader Oceania organisation, including almost 20 basketball associations from the South Pacific Sports Council, all of them with active Basketball Associations.