Raimundo Saporta

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Raimundo Saporta Namías (December 16, 1926 in Paris, France[1] – February 2, 1997 in Madrid, Spain) was a Spanish professional club basketball administrator. After his death, FIBA and Real Madrid renamed both the European-wide second-tier level FIBA EuroCup, and the Pabellón Ciudad Deportiva arena, after him, in his honor. He received the Olympic Order 1985. In 1997, he was awarded the FIBA Order of Merit. In 2007, he was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame, as a contributor.

Early life[edit]

Saporta attended the Lycée Français de Madrid.[2][3]

Basketball executive career[edit]

Saporta was the head of the basketball section of the multi-sports club Real Madrid, the basketball club Real Madrid Baloncesto, from 1962 to 1978, and from 1985 to 1991. He also held numerous positions with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), including President of the Commission for International Organization (1960–onward), President of the Commission for International Competitions (1990–1997), and Vice-President (1995–1997).


  1. ^ FIBA
  2. ^ Salaner, Vicente. "El mejor Madrid de siempre" (Archive). El País. Updated 25 June 2015. Retrieved on 23 September 2015.
  3. ^ Meneses, Enrique. "Prefiero el Liceo Francés" (Archive); Letters to the editor). El País. 4 October 1980. Retrieved on 22 September 2015.

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