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06.12.2018 · 12:44

20 years since Radomir Šaper passed away

One of the basketball fathers of this region, passed away on this day 20 years ago.

On this day, 20 years ago, one of the fathers of Serbian, Yugoslav, European, and world basketball, professor Radomir Šaper, left us. The legendary basketball player, member of the national team, basketball official, was also a professor at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, while his contribution to basketball rules at the international level remains one of his greatest legacies. In 2001, FIBA introduced the "Radomir Šaper" award, for significant contributions in the field of refereeing and basketball rules. After Radomir Šaper passed away, FIBA posthumously awarded Šaper with the Order of Merit, and in 2007, he entered the FIBA Hall of Fame.

Together with Bora Stanković, Nebojša Popović, and professor Aleksandar Nikolić, Radomir Šaper was part of the "big four", that practically created the tradition of the "Yugoslav basketball school". He was born in Belgrade, in 1925, and during his career, he played for BASK, Crvena Zvezda, and Partizan. The black and whites are practically the only team Šaper played for in the national championship of Yugoslavia. He stayed in Partizan until the end of his playing career in 1953.

After ending his playing career, he stayed in basketball for the rest of his life, working on developing the Yugoslav basketball school, basketball rules, and refereeing. He was the president of the Technical Secretariat, secretary general, the President of the Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia, commissioner of the Basketball Cup of Yugoslavia, and a long-standing president of the FIBA Technical Commission (1972-1998).

Radomir Šaper possibly played a key role in moving the Yugoslav basketball into halls, and he was very dedicated to improving the reputation of our basketball on an international level.

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