16 September 2014 - At the first meeting of the new Central Board of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for the 2014-2019 term of office held in Madrid, Spain on 13 September 2014, China's Vice Sports Minister Xiao Tian was elected vice president of the FIBA, the world's governing body of the sport of basketball.
As Xiao Tian put it after the meeting, his election as a representative of Asia into the new FIBA Central Board indicated that the contributions made by China sports - through the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - to the global Olympic Movement as well as to the sport of basketball have won worldwide recognition. According to Xiao, China will speed up its tempo of development in the three big-ball sports, namely football, basketball and volleyball, and in the meantime will pay more attention to both the grass-roots baskeball and campus basketball and train more basketball talents like Yao Ming.
During its inaugural meeting the FIBA Central Board took a look at the new governance, with an update on the work in progress to implement the decisions taken by the Extraordinary Congress held in Istanbul in March 2014. Among the other topics of conversation on the docket were rules regarding uniforms, the new calendar and system of competition that will come into effect in 2017 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.