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Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010

FIBA to 2010 stage hoop summit

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Bob Elphinston is proud of what he's accomplished in his four years as FIBA president.

Under his leadership, television coverage has expanded to 175 countries, the quality of play has improved and 3-on-3 basketball debuted at the Youth Olympics.

Elphinston also helped organize the first women's basketball summit at the 2010 World Championship. The conference will begin Saturday in Karlovy Vary. It will bring together coaches, administrators, players and officials of federations from around the world.

"We've realized and talked about the fact we have a number of challenges in the women's game to overcome and now we have a chance to do something about them," the outgoing head of international basketball recently said.

"The standard isn't there in the depth of the teams. Like most women's sports, it's difficult to get media exposure, difficult to get television time. Yet we regard the product is pretty good itself."

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