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EUFOR and Armed Forces Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball Tournament – 22 to 24 April 2008

ImageFrom 22nd to 24th April 2008, a basketball tournament was held at EUFOR Headquarters, Camp Butmir, involving teams from the EUFOR Multi-National Battalion, EUFOR Integrated Police Unit and the Operational Command of the Armed Forces Bosnia-Herzegovina (AF BiH) as well as EUFOR/NATO civilian employees.  In total, 11 teams all played in a knockout tournament, with the finals played on the morning of 24th  April.  Nations represented were Bosnia-Herzegovina, Spain, Italy, Turkey, United States, Poland, Greece, Belgium and Slovenia.
All the games were closely contested and played in a true spirit of friendship and cooperation.  In third place was the team from the local EUFOR/NATO BIH Civilian team, the “Rookies”, with Slovenia coming second in a closely fought final against the AFBIH “Heartbreakers team who proved to be the worthy winners.

A medal ceremony was held in the gymnasium at Camp Butmir on completion of the tournament with awards presented by EUFOR Chief of Staff, Brigadier General (DEU Luftwaffe) Robert Löwenstein accompanied by Brigadier General Jelic of the AFBiH Operational Command.  Medals and certificates were presented to the first three teams.

Brigadier General Löwenstein stated:

“This has been a most enjoyable and exciting tournament, that has allowed many EUFOR members to get to know their AFBiH colleagues. I have been delighted to watch the tournament and present the medals, and I look forward to similar competitions in the future, as EUFOR and AFBiH continue to work closely together.”

Photo: EUFOR Chief of Staff awarding the medals.