UNECE-FIBA EuroBasket 2009
In a Declaration for Road Safety signed on 17 September during the EuroBasket 2009, FIBA and FIBA Europe joined the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure, the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism and UNECE in aplea to respect road traffic rules. The EuroBasket 2009 Declaration for Road Safety – “because a true champion respects the rules of the game!” – draws a parallel between basketball and road safety stating that non-respect for rules results in unfairness, on the road as on the court. The consequences of not following the rules on the road are, however, much more severe and sadly, many people do not play by the rules when they get behind the wheel.
Bob Elphinston, FIBA President, Nar Zanolin, SecretaryGeneral, FIBA Europe, Tomasz Pólgrabski, Polish ViceMinister of Sport , Andrzej Grzegorczyk, Director of the Secretariat of the National Council of Safety Road Traffi c(representing the Polish Minister of Infrastructure) and Michalis Adamantiadis, Chief of the Transport Facilitation and Economics Section of UNECE’s Transport Division presented the initiative and formally signed the declarationon behalf of their respective organizations at a press conference held at Katowice’s Spodek Arena, where thelast round of the tournaments was played.