A framework cooperation agreement was signed on Tuesday in Rabat between the Royal Moroccan Basketball Federation (FRMBB) and the Israeli Association of Discipline (IBBA), aimed at developing sporting and technical exchanges.
The signing ceremony of this convention was chaired by the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, in the presence of HM the King’s Advisor, André Azoulay, and the Head of the Israeli Liaison Office, David Govrin .
Also present at this ceremony were members of the FRMBB board of directors, the president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Hamane Niang, members of the Israeli delegation and several personalities. This partnership agreement, signed by Mustapha Aourach, president of the FRMBB, and Amiram Halevy, president of the IBBA, is part of the opening of the FRMBB to its international environment and the strengthening of the role of sports diplomacy. .
It tends to promote the exchange of experiences between the two parties, especially since the Israeli basketball federation is a pioneer in terms of supervision, training and financial management.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Benmoussa indicated that this agreement “is in line with the spirit of the Abraham Accords and is in line with the desire of the two countries to build the future within the framework of cooperation multidimensional”.
For his part, Mr. Aourach indicated that the FRMBB wants to give national basketball an international dimension, relying in this on the Royal High Directions.
He highlighted, in this sense, the joint declaration between Morocco and Israel (December 2020), noting that the signing of this convention will allow the establishment of a reference framework for a partnership based on the exchange of experience, expertise and joint work on training projects as well as the creation of schools and an academy for the training of young people.
For his part, Mr. Halevy said that basketball is an essential tool to promote human, sporting and cultural relations between the two countries, adding that this initiative will make it possible to organize tournaments in both countries.
Noting that Israeli basketball is highly developed and that Morocco could benefit from this experience, he felt that this partnership will be an opportunity to strengthen all aspects related to the training of coaches, judges and bilateral cooperation.
As for the President of FIBA, he affirmed that the 2019-2023 mandate of the international body places special emphasis on the place of women in basketball, noting that it is no coincidence that a match of exhibition will be held, on the sidelines of the signing of this convention, between the Moroccan and Israeli women’s national teams.
This partnership agreement revolves around several axes, in particular collaboration and the exchange of delegation visits, the organization between the Moroccan and Israeli federations of tournaments and friendly matches between the regional and national professional and amateur teams of all ages and all levels, in addition to female and male selections.
It also involves the mutual participation of representatives of the two countries in sporting events and/or traditional festivals, the participation of Moroccan coaches in refresher courses in Israel and the organization of continuing education courses, training and certification by coaches and experts from both countries.
The agreement also provides for the holding of an annual meeting between the basketball teams of Israel and Morocco, which will include an educational and socio-cultural program in Morocco and Israel, collaboration and the exchange of the latest technologies aimed at enabling athletes, teams and infrastructures to perform.
This historic partnership linking the Moroccan and Israeli basketball federations was to be closed with the organization of a friendly match between the women’s teams of Morocco and Israel, Wednesday in the indoor hall of the Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat.
This meeting is part of the preparations of the Moroccan women’s selection for the next Arab and African events.