ZAGREB, Oct 23 (Hina) – Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic received on Friday representatives of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), led by FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis.
In addition to the Prime Minister, the meeting was attended by Tourism and Sport Minister Nikolina Brnjac, Croatian Basketball Association President Stojko Vrankovic and Croatian Basketball Association secretary-general Josip Vrankovic.
Some of the topics discussed were support for sport during the COVID-19 pandemic and preparations for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which is to be held in Split next year.
Croatia will host one of the four qualifying tournaments, and six teams will compete in the Split tournament: Germany, Mexico, Tunisia, Brasil, Russia and Croatia.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, qualifying tournaments and the Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled for summer 2021. Also discussed at the meeting were financial conditions and how to organise the tournament while adhering to epidemiological measures.
PM Plenkovic said that the government was continuously investing in the development of Croatian sport and basketball, which contributed to Croatia’s branding, and that it helped the Croatian Basketball Federation’s activities.
S glavnim tajnikom @FIBA Andreasom Zagklisom o pripremama za FIBA Kvalifikacijski turnir (Split 2021.) za @Olympics u Tokiju. @VladaRH kontinuirano ulaže u razvoj hrvatskog sporta i 🏀 koji pridonose brendiranju 🇭🇷 te pomaže aktivnostima @CbfHks . pic.twitter.com/wY3gVl88xA— Andrej Plenković (@AndrejPlenkovic) October 23, 2020
He added that the government had in its previous term increased the budget of the then Central State Office for Sports by more than 100%, and it provided salaries for sport workers during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.