Aussie basketball legend enters world Hall of Fame

Aussie basketball legend enters world Hall of Fame

FIBA, the world governing body of basketball, has announced that Australian Alistair Ramsay MBE OAM will be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

Ramsay joins illustrious athletes and administrators in the Hall including founding father of basketball Mr. James Naismith, Russian legend Sergei Belov.

Ramsay is the first Australian to receive the prestigious honour, recognising his significant contribution to Australian and world basketball.

Ramsay will be inducted for his all-round contribution to basketball alongside former NBA star Oscar Robertson, and nine fellow inductees including players, coaches and referees.

The official enshrinement ceremony of the 2009 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame will take place on September 20 in Katowice, Poland, however Ramsay will be unable to attend and will be honoured at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Men in Turkey.

“For Al to be recognised on a global stage in this manner is a prestigious acknowledgement of his enormous contribution to Australian and world basketball,” Basketball Australia Chief Executive Larry Sengstock said.

 “It’s only fitting that FIBA has recognised him in such a prestigious manner and it’s a proud day for Australian basketball.”

“It is also further recognition of the importance of the community, coaches, referees and officials and the invaluable contribution that they make to our sport.”

Mr Ramsay has already been acknowledged in Australia for his contribution to the sport; an inaugural inductee into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2004, Ramsay’s Hall of Fame status was elevated to ‘Legend’ in 2006, the first elevation of its kind.

“Alistair was instrumental in establishing the Oceania Zone which we continue to compete in today, while the annual Trans-Tasman men’s competition between the Boomers and the Tall Blacks is named in his honour.”

Awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1998 and the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in December 2000 for his contribution to sport in Australia, Mr Ramsay is an Honorary Member of FIBA.

Ramsay is the greatest voluntary worker in the history of Australian basketball. Apart from playing, coaching and refereeing basketball, and also being involved with the individual association administration much earlier, he has held a number of voluntary positions over a period of approximately 50 years; 1955-1964 Secretary, New South Wales Basketball Association; 1963-1977 Secretary, Australian Basketball; 1967-1997 Founder and Secretary General, Oceania Basketball Confederation; 1997-2002 President Oceania Basketball Confederation. From 1968-2002 he has been a member of various committees within the International Basketball Federation as well as a member of the Central Board and its Deputy General Secretary. He was also secretary of the Commonwealth Basketball Federation.

Today Mr Ramsay continues to be honoured for his tireless efforts in establishing the FIBA Oceania Zone in 1968, along with Secretary General of FIBA, William Jones, while the winner of the Men’s Pacific Island Tournaments is awarded the Al Ramsay Trophy.

2009 FIBA Hall of Fame

·         2009 INDUCTEES:

Mr. Artenik ARABADJIAN                       Referee                  Bulgaria        
Ms. Jacky CHAZALON                                 Player                     France                   
Mr. Pedro FERRÁNDIZ                            Coach                     Spain                     
Mr. Ricardo GONZÁLEZ                          Player                     Argentina               
Mr. Al RAMSAY                                              Contributor              Australia                
Mr. Oscar ROBERTSON                          Player                     USA                      


Mr. Luis MARTÍN                                    Contributor              Argentina
Mr. Pete NEWELL                                     Coach                     USA   
Mr. Ubiratan PEREIRA                             Player                     Brazil 
Mr. Marcel PFEUTI                                        Referee                  Switzerland
Ms. Kay YOW                                       Coach                     USA   

2007 FIBA Hall of Fame inductees

Mr. Sergei BELOV                                  Player                     Russia
Mr. Drazen DALIPAGIC                           Player                     Serbia
Mr. Ivo DANEU                                      Player                     Slovenia
Mr. Oscar FURLONG                               Player                     Argentina
Mr. Nikos GALIS                                    Player                     Greece
Ms. Hortencia MARCARI                          Player                     Brazil
Mr. Pierluigi MARZORATI                         Player                     Italy
Ms. Ann MEYERS                                   Player                     USA
Mr. Amaury PASOS                                Player                     Brazil
Mr. Emiliano RODRIGUEZ                         Player                     Spain
Mr. Bill RUSSELL                                    Player                     USA
Ms. Uljana SEMJONOVA                          Player                     Latvia
Mr. Leon BOUFFARD                               Player                    Switzerland
Mr. Alexander BELOV                             Player                     Russia
Mr. Kresimir COSIC                                Player                     Croatia
Mr. Teofilo Cruz                                    Player                     Puerto Rico
Mr. Mirza DELIBASIC                              Player                     Bosnia
Mr. Radivoj KORAC                                Player                     Serbia
Mr. Fernando MARTIN                            Player                     Spain
Mr. Drazen PETROVIC                             Player                     Croatia
Ms. Liliana RONCHETTI                            Player                     Italy
Ms. Vanya VOYNOVA                              Player                     Bulgaria
Ms. Lidia ALEXEEVA                                Coach                     Russia
Mr. Dean SMITH                                    Coach                     USA
Mr. Togo Renan SOARES                         Coach                     Brazil
Mr. Ranko ZERAVICA                              Coach                     Serbia
Mr. Antonio DIAZ-MIGUEL                        Coach                     Spain
Mr. Alexander GOMELSKY                        Coach                     Russia
Mr. Henry ‘Hank’ IBA                              Coach                     USA
Mr. Vladimir Kondrashin                          Coach                     Russia
Mr. Aleksandar MIKOLIC                         Coach                     Serbia
Mr. Giancarlo PRIMO                              Coach                     Italy
Mr. Ervin KASSAI                                   Technical Official       Hungary
Mr. Mario HOPENHAYM                            Technical Official       Uruguay
Mr. Allen RAE                                        Technical Official       Canada
Mr. Obrad BELOSEVIC                            Technical Official       Serbia
Mr. Vladimir KOSTIN                              Technical Official       Russia
Mr. Peirtro REVERBERI                            Technical Official       Italy
Mr. Renato RIGHETTO                             Technical Official       Brazil
Mr. Borislav STANKOVIC                         Contributor              Serbia
Mr. R. William JONES                              Contributor              Great Britain
Mr. James NAISMITH                              Contributor              Canada and USA
Mr. Eduardo AIRALDI RIVAROLA               Contributor              Peru
Mr. Abdel Azim ASHRY                            Contributor              Egypt
Mr. Turgut ATAKOL                                Contributor              Turkey
Mr. Robert BUSNEL                                Contributor              France
Mr. Dionisio CALVO                                Contributor              Philippines
Mr. Antonio dos Reis CARNEIRO                Contributor              Brazil
Mr. Jose Claudio DOS REIS                      Contributor              Brazil
Mr. Duk Joo YOON                                 Contributor              Korea
Mr. Willard N. GREIM                              Contributor              USA
Mr. Ferenc HEPP                                    Contributor              Hungary
Mr. Marian KOZLOWSKI                          Contributor              Polish
Mr. Anselmo LOPEZ                                Contributor              Spain
Mr. August PITZL                                   Contributor              Austria
Mr. Nebojsa POPOVIC                             Contributor              Serbia
Mr. Raimundo SAPORTA                          Contributor              Spain
Mr. Decio SCURI                                    Contributor              Italy
Mr. Nikolai SEMASHKO                            Contributor              Russia
Mr. Radomir SHAPER                              Contributor              Serbia
Mr. Edward S. STEITZ                            Contributor              USA
Mr. Yoshimi UEDA                                  Contributor              Japan
Mr. Abdel Moneim WAHBY                       Contributor              Egypt