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Nikos Galis to be inducted Sept 12

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(Galis will be inducted this Wednesday)

FIBA - Induction Ceremony of the FIBA Hall of Fame's 2007 Class

GENEVA (FIBA ALL OF FAME) - The International Basketball Federation reminds you that on Wednesday, 12th September, the Induction Ceremony of the FIBA Hall of Fame's 2007 Class will take place in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain).

The induction ceremony, which will be staged during the EuroBasket 2007 in Spain, will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, 12th September, at the Plaza Cubierta de Arroyo de la Vega ("La Esfera"), in Alcobendas, Madrid.

FIBA has the pleasure to invite all media representatives to this historical event in presence of some of the most distinguished icons in the history of world basketball.

Please find below the list of 20 inductees for the 2007 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame:

PLAYERS:

Mr. Sergei BELOV (RUS)

Mr. Dražen DALIPAGIC (SRB)

Mr. Ivo DANEU (SLO)

Mr. Oscar FURLONG (ARG)

Mr. Nikos GALIS (GRE)

Ms. Hortência MARCARI (BRA)

Mr. Pierluigi MARZORATI (ITA)

Ms. Ann MEYERS (USA)

Mr. Amaury PASOS (BRA)

Mr. Emiliano RODRÍGUEZ (ESP)

Mr. Bill RUSSELL (USA)

Ms. Uljana SEMJONOVA (LAT)

COACHES:

Ms. Lidia ALEXEEVA (RUS)

Mr. Dean SMITH (USA)

Mr. Togo Renan SOARES, "Kanela" (posthumous) (BRA)

Mr. Ranko ŽERAVICA (SRB)

TECHNICAL OFFICIALS:

Mr. Mario HOPENHAYM (URU)

Mr. Ervin KASSAI (HUN)

Mr. Allen RAE (CAN)

CONTRIBUTOR:

Mr. Borislav STANKOVIC (SRB)

The complete biographical sketches of the 20 above-mentioned inductees into the FIBA Hall of Fame can be found on www.halloffame.fiba.com.

All 2007 Class members, except Mr. Togo Renan Soares, "Kanela" (R.I.P.), and Ms. Uljana Semjonova and Ms. Lidia Alexeeva will honor us with their presence in Alcobendas on Wednesday during their enshrinement ceremony into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

The gala, which will be followed by a cocktail luncheon in the FIBA Hall of Fame in presence of the inductees themselves, will also count with the attendance of personalities such as the Mayor of Alcobendas, Mr. Ignacio García de Vinuesa, the Spanish Secretary of State for Sports, Mr. Jaime Lissavetzky, the President of the Spanish Basketball Federation and FIBA Central Board member, Mr. José Luis Sáez, FIBA's President, Mr. Bob Elphinston, FIBA's Secretary General and IOC member, Mr. Patrick Baumann, Mr. Pedro Ferrándiz himself, and a long list of authorities, including a representation from the 12 national teams taking part in the second round of the EuroBasket 2007.

Media representatives accredited for the EuroBasket 2007 and wishing to attend and cover the Induction Ceremony of the FIBA Hall of Fame's 2007 Class should pick up their invitation cards at the welcome desk situated in the media work room of the Madrid Arena.

All attendants are kindly requested to arrive at the Plaza Cubierta de Arroyo de la Vega ("La Esfera"), in Alcobendas, Madrid, no later than 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, 12th September 2007.

Bus transportation from the media hotels to the induction ceremony will be provided on Wednesday morning.

There will be two routes covering two media hotels each and running back and forth from the media hotels to the gala and vice-versa. Strict punctuality is kindly requested:

- Route 1: This service will cover the route Hotel Bauzá ? AC Cuzco Hotel ? Induction Ceremony: it will depart the Hotel Bauzá (located in Goya, 79) at 9:45 a.m. and will be then leaving the AC Cuzco Hotel (located in Paseo de la Castellana, 133) at 10:00 a.m.

- Route 2: This service will cover the route Hotel Fiesta Colón ? Hotel Convención ? Induction Ceremony: it will depart the Hotel Fiesta Colón (located in Pez Volador, 1-11) at 9:45 a.m. and will be then leaving the Hotel Convención (located in O'Donnell, 53) at 10:00 a.m.

At the end of the event, around 3 p.m., transportation will be provided from the FIBA Hall of Fame to the Madrid Arena.

About the FIBA Hall of Fame

The primary goal of the FIBA Hall of Fame is to reflect the history of the sport and its protagonists. The key criterion for selection into the FIBA Hall of Fame is outstanding achievement, at the international level, to the development and status of the sport of basketball.

The FIBA Hall of Fame was officially inaugurated on 1st March 2007. The FIBA Hall of Fame, built with the help of the city of Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain) and upon initiative of Mr. Pedro Ferrándiz, legendary coach of Real Madrid and founder and president of the Foundation that carries his name, is a five-floor building that covers 2.000 square meters.

On 1st March 2007, in addition to the official inauguration of the building, the announcement of the initial inductees into the FIBA Hall of Fame was made. For this initial enshrinement ceremony, the International Basketball Federation decided to pay tribute to a selection of internationally-renowned figures who made outstanding contributions to our sport of basketball and who, regrettably, are no longer with us. For the complete list of posthumous inductees into the FIBA Hall of Fame, please visit: www.halloffame.fiba.com.

Inductees into the FIBA Hall of Fame are divided into four categories: PLAYERS (they must have been retired from international competition for a minimum of five years), COACHES, TECHNICAL OFFICIALS (REFEREES AND COMMISSIONERS) and CONTRIBUTORS.

After the induction of the 2007 Class has taken place, enshrinement ceremonies into the FIBA Hall of Fame will take place every two years and will be limited to a maximum of six inductees per year.

The address and contact details of the FIBA Hall of Fame & FIBA Pedro Ferrándiz Foundation are as follows:

FIBA Hall of Fame & FIBA Pedro Ferrándiz Foundation

Avenida Olímpica, 22

-Arroyo de la Vega-

28108 Alcobendas (Madrid)

SPAIN

Phones: + 34 91 662 19 13 and + 34 91 662 17 84

Fax: + 34 91 661 90 99

www.halloffame.fiba.com

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