The Central American Basketball Confederation, the Caribbean Basketball Confederation and Central American and the Caribbean Basketball Confederation have all elected new Presidents ©FIBA

The Central American Basketball Confederation (COCABA), the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) and Central American and the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CONCENCABA) have all elected new Presidents.

It follows the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Americas becoming the first FIBA zone to implement the restructured election process mandated by the world governing body’s new governance system.

The process began at the COCABA Elective Assembly in El Salvador’s capital San Salvador, where National Member Federations elected Mario Mendez Realpozo of Mexico as President, Paul Thompson of Belize as vice-president and Alvaro Calvo of Costa Rica as secretary.

The newly-elected COCABA Executive laid the groundwork for the establishment of the CONCENCABA Executive by nominating Calvo and Modesto Robledo of Mexico as their representatives.

The Elective Assembly of the CBC, the sister organisation of COCABA, was hosted by Juan Dolio in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to reporting on development and technical programmes, the CBC conducted the election of officers for the 2019-to-2023 quadrennial.

The CBC members elected Glyne Clarke of Barbados as President, Daryll Matthew of Antigua and Barbuda as vice-president of marketing and finance and Fredrick Browne of Bahamas as technical vice-president.

Others elected included Marland Nattie of Jamaica as vice-president for programmes and development, Kebra Nanton of Antigua and Barbuda as treasurer and Sabrina Mitchell of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as secretary.

FIBA President Horacio Muratore received a recognition award from the CBC Executive for his "tireless support of basketball in the Caribbean", while FIBA Americas President Usie Richards was named Honorary President of the CBC having previously served as secretary general and President.

The Assembly came to an end with the CBC Executive nominations of Mitchell and Yum Ramos of Puerto Rico as their representatives to the CONCENCABA Executive.

The Elective Assembly of CONCENCABA, a sub-zone of FIBA Americas composed of the COCABA and CBC National Member Federations, also took place in the Dominican Republic.

Yamil Bukele of El Salvador and Patrick Haynes of Guyana were elected President and secretary respectively for the 2019-to-2023 term.

The Assembly also ratified the nominations of CBC head Clarke as first vice-president and COCABA head Realpozo as second vice-president.

FIBA President Horacio Muratore was present at the CBC and CONCENCABA Elective Assemblies ©FIBA
FIBA President Horacio Muratore was present at the CBC and CONCENCABA Elective Assemblies ©FIBA

"First of all, I thank my family, my basketball family in El Salvador, and each one of the member federations of the Central American and Caribbean Basketball Confederation for trusting me with this election," Bukele, who also serves as the President of the El Salvador Basketball Federation, said.

"This is a great challenge that we hope to take on.

"It is an enormous responsibility to bolster basketball in Central America and the Caribbean.

"The experience in COCABA was very enriching and it allows us to take the wheel, not just excitedly, but also with the interest of putting CONCENCABA in the highest place.

"We are committed to working with each national federation to accomplish their goals for the benefit of basketball and the zone."

Among those present at the CBC and CONCENCABA Elective Assemblies was FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis.

After making his presentation on the subject matter of development in FIBA, Zagklis told representatives that the world governing is a "federation of federations".

He also claimed that the new governance structure is important to FIBA’s expectations in terms of achieving its goals.

The new CONCENCABA Executive honoured Muratore, Richards and outgoing head Ruperto Herrera, who was bestowed with the title of Honorary President.

"I'm very grateful to all - I wasn’t expecting this honour and I've been given a great satisfaction, the great satisfaction of having done the job," Muratore said.

"I know that with the work of the people coming in, we’ll reach our goal of developing the region's basketball more and more.

"It has the potential and we need to work together, but we must do it with passion and hard work.

"Together we’ll reach all our objectives.

"FIBA has made an incredible change in their new qualifying system.

"The objective was to be even closer to our National Federations.

"We had to start from scratch and it was a great risk.

"That's why we asked for everyone's support."