Jun 12, 2021 Sports
Kaieteur News – A release from the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has detailed that FIBA is committed to having more Women in Basketball across all sectors of the sport and as such has published a comprehensive survey that provides critical insight into the current state of the women’s game.
The baseline survey, presented to FIBA’s 213 National Federation members, has enabled FIBA to measure and evaluate the global landscape of women’s basketball, with the purpose of the review to aid in informing and tailoring strategic implementation plans for FIBA.
FIBA’s aim is to increase the number of women playing, coaching and officiating, to grow the number of fans of the women’s game and to ensure that more women are involved in the governance of the sport within the FIBA family.
In 2019, FIBA identified eight strategic objectives for the 2019-2027 cycle at its Congress. As part of the strategic priority, Women in Basketball, FIBA has published the Women in Basketball Survey Report 2020, which provides updates on key activities for FIBA’s Regional Offices and fact sheets detailing specifics for each National Federation, as well as a global snapshot focusing on how the survey results will feed into the goals of the Women in Basketball strategy.
The survey featured 130 questions, which covered several topics from players and national teams, clubs and domestic competitions, to governance, communications, marketing and operational structures.
The online survey was sent to all National Federations in May 2020 and completed by 172 members with data collection finishing in November 2020. The data received regarding competitions and National Federation’s status referred to the season of 2019/20, prior to the COVID outbreak.
Some of the key highlights from the report include: 83% of National Federations have a senior women’s national team; 3×3 popularity is growing incredibly fast, with 23 nations represented at the first season of the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series in 2019, with stops at 15 different locations around the world; 8.1 million fans on FIBA’s women’s events websites in 2019; USA tops the standings with 1.8 million licensed female players registered by their National Federation, with Japan, France, Spain, Australia and Russia.
The GABF’s General Secretary Patrick Haynes in a release to the media noted that, “The GABF is determined to promote gender equality in basketball and to use the potential of the sport to promote equality in its broadest sense. We intend to use this report as an invaluable input into the GABF’s strategic priorities. We are confident that will lead to the implementation of a women’s national championship and increased number of women playing basketball and 3×3 basketball in Guyana.”
The survey report gives detailed insights into the current state of play and will be used to develop future initiatives to further increase the role of women across all levels of the sport.
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