The world of sports is a broad horizon of diverse visions, a shared heritage that, from the time of ancient Athens until the present day, has proven itself a meeting place of civilizations; it is at once a common ground for people everywhere to meet and a chance for dialogue in the service of humanity.
If sports form a commercial industry, they are an industry aiming to build a healthy human being, free from disease and moral decadence: a productive, active and creative human being in full control of his physical and mental capacities.
We in our cherished country of Lebanon are blessed with a dynamic sports scene thanks to private initiatives, relying on clubs and sponsors in the absence of official public subsidies.
I am using my website to cry out this call to action: we must begin to promote sports for all age groups in schools and playgrounds, in both villages and towns, because they form the pillars of sporting excellence, as well as the necessary talent pool of future professionals. In so doing we will have provided our nation with generations of people who understand the social value of sports, conceive of competition as an act of openness and inclusivity, and view sporting enthusiasm as a sign of loyalty and belonging.
I therefore urge the entire Lebanese sporting milieu to live and breathe sportsmanship and to foster our sporting family through continuous care and support, because great nations can only be built on the shoulders of champions.
President of the Lebanese Basketball Federation
Byblos Club achieved a “historic treble” in basketball, as it scored two official titles and one friendly title in less than a month. After winning Henry Chalhoub’s Tournament against Al Tadamon (Zouk Mikael) in the finals and the Lebanon Cup against Saggesse, Byblos – winner of the Lebanon Cup added an equal title by winning the Super Cup in Late Antoine Chartier Tournament against Riyadi – Lebanese league’s champion.
The drawing lots left the Lebanese basketball team for men within the fourth group for Asian championship, which will be hosted by China, between the coming 23rd of September and the 3rd of October. The winning team will be qualified to the Rio de Janeiro summer Brazilian Olympics next year. In the following is the result of the draw where teams were divided into four groups and each group contains four teams: • The first group: Iran (Asian champion of 2013), Japan, Malaysia and South Asia’s teams. • The second group: Philippines, Palestine, Kuwait and East Asia’s teams. • The third group: South Korea, Jordan, Singapore and china’s teams. • The fourth group: Taiwan, Lebanon, Qatar and Kazakhstan’s teams. To the esteemed sports section, Under the slogan “Be Proud of Lebanon”, FLB announced the members of the Men’s Lebanese National Basketball Team participating in the West Asian Championship from May 29 till June 2 in Jordan, which qualifies to the Asian Championship. Furthermore, it was announced during a crowded press conference held in “La Creperie” restaurant that Sanita would be the official sponsor of the National Team. Among the first attendants was the Youth and Sports Minister Brigadier General Abdul Muttalib Hinnawi; president of the youth and sports parliamentary committee Deputy Simon Abi Ramia; FLB president Eng. Walid Nassar and members; CEO of Indevco Nehme Frem and the seniors in Sanita company – Indevco group; WABA secretary-general Jean Tabet; clubs presidents, international Olympic lecturer Jihad Salameh; technical, medical, and administrative staff; Lebanese National Basketball Team players; and a large crowd of business men and journalists.
The president of Lebanese Basketball Federation, engineer Walid Nassar, thanked all those who contributed to the success of the sport event that gathered Sagesse and Sporting clubs on the Ghazir Stadium last Sunday. The declaration of the president contained: “I would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the game between Sagesse and Sporting club, especially the members of the management committee, the secretariat, the managerial committee of the tournament, and the stadium committee for the outstanding managerial and logistical role played that resulted in avoiding the happening of any memorable incident”.
The Lebanese Basketball Federation saw the light at the beginning of sixties, after its separation from the Federation of volleyball, and has gained its own entity ever since. Many successions for the Federation's presidency took place, which later led to a lot of achievements. The presidential states were not for long periods of time, until 1970 when Toni Khoury was elected president of the Federation and his presidency lasted 26 years, which is the longest so far. Khoury left the presidency in 1996 and Antoine Chartier (coming from the world of volleyball) was elected president in the fall of that year until 1999.
In the late of October 1999, Jean Hammam (also coming from the world of volleyball) was elected President of the Federation, and his presidency lasted five years, from 1999 till 2004. In 2005, Michel Tannous was elected president, his presidency continued for nearly two years and a half (2005-2007). Then Pierre Kakhia was elected (2007 - 2010) followed by George Barakat (August 2010-2012) and Dr. Robert Abu Abdullah (from the end of 2012 till the autumn of 2013) followed by Engineer Walid Nassar (a former basketball player) in the famous elections which were held on 21 December 2013, at the Central School of Jounieh, with 15 members of the Federation present. The mandate of the current Federation presidency expires in 2016, and will be followed by a general election for all sports federations and for the Executive Committee of the Olympics, following the Rio de Janeiro Olympics - a system that has been adopted by the International Olympic Committee for several years.
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