The FIBA Mid-Term Congress took place over two days in Hong Kong ©FIBA

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have claimed the organisation’s Mid-Term Congress in Hong Kong proves they are "progressing".

The two-day meeting in Hong Kong, which was attended by representatives from 146 national federations, saw updates provided regarding the strengthening of National Federations development, their new competition system, governance and 3x3 basketball.

Workshops covering aimed at maximising opportunities of the FIBA qualifiers, building the standard development pathway, basketball and media in the digital age, and 'everybody can be successful with 3x3' were also held.

"With the extraordinary changes in governance made in 2014, FIBA is progressing very fast,” said Patrick Baumann, FIBA secretary general.

“We find ourselves in an environment where it's a case of 'change or be changed' and we definitely want to be in control of our own destiny.

“The Congress has confirmed that we are on the right path and therefore we will continue with the successful implementation of our strategy to make basketball the most popular sports community."

The FIBA Central Board also announced the appointment of Swedish Basketball Federation secretary general Lena Wallin-Kantzy as an Executive Committee member.

Japan Basketball Association President Yuko Mitsuya and Greece’s Asterios Zois were also appointed to the Central Board, while China's Basketball Association and Russian Basketball Federation Presidents Yao Ming and Andrei Kirilenko became co-opted members.

Yao, the retired nine-time NBA All-Star, is currently aiding preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

The FIBA Central Board received an update on the status of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation ©FIBA
The FIBA Central Board received an update on the status of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation ©FIBA

An update was provided to the Central Board regarding the suspension of the Brazil Basketball Confederation (CBB), which remains intact.

The deadline is set to be given to the CBB to resolve governance, finance and sporting issues, with an evaluation then being undertaken on June 21.

Brazil are set to be replaced for all FIBA international events taking place until the end of July, with FIBA Americas due to propose teams to replace them.

It was also confirmed that Minsk will stage the Women’s FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup in 2018, while the men’s tournament will be co-hosted by the Argentinian cities of Rosario and Santa Fe.

Bill McInnes, who played a key role in establishing the British Basketball Federation (BBF), was awarded the FIBA Order of Merit posthumously at the Congress, after his exceptional services to the sport.

FIBA again stressed the merits and appeal of 3x3 basketball, as they seek to have it included as a new discipline at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The IOC’s programme commission are evaluating the discipline and proposals from other federations, with 3x3 basketball among the favourites to be added on July 9 and 10.

"FIBA has embraced the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement,” said Yu Zaiqing, IOC vice president.

Yao Ming has been added to the FIBA Central Board ©Getty Images
Yao Ming has been added to the FIBA Central Board ©Getty Images

“FIBA's focus on a new inclusive competition system for national teams will broaden the already global appeal of basketball.

“It will bring the values of sport to more people in more regions around the world.

“Engaging with youth is another major cornerstone of Olympic Agenda 2020.

“Also in this respect, FIBA is leading the way by promoting innovative new game formats that have great youth appeal.

“The unique 3x3 competition format clearly resonates with young people everywhere."

The first ever Mid-Term Congress garnered attention earlier this week when the governing body introduced a new rule permitting players to wear headgear.

Under the terms of the new provision to Article 4.4.2 of FIBA's rule book, headgear including the hijab, will be allowed so long as it is "black or white, or of the same dominant colour as that of the uniform" and the same colour for all players on one team.

It marked a change to the previous ruling in which headgear was outlawed completely on safety grounds.

Intense lobbying has taken place across the Muslim world in recent years in a bid to change FIBA policy.