Patrick Baumann has called for more support to be given to wheelchair basketball ©FIBA

International Basketball Federation (FIBA) secretary general Patrick Baumann has called for national governing bodies to support wheelchair basketball.

Baumann made the assertion at the FIBA Mid-Term Congress in Hong Kong, attended by delegates from 146 countries.

The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is a separate organisation from FIBA but Baumann claimed the organisation is a key stakeholder.

He claimed Federations should be looking to offer their support to help grow wheelchair basketball in their countries.

"The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation is an organisation that is autonomous and separate but one that we have been supporting for many years and who has recently decided to relocate its core activities and headquarters in Basketball House in Switzerland so our relationship with them is getting closer and closer," Baumann said.

"In some countries, you may have the opportunity, a chance, or a challenge, it depends, of working with the wheelchair basketball community.

"In some countries, they are separate.

"In some countries, you govern them.

"In others, there are a mixture of relationships.

"What I can say is that it is also our role to help and take care of them."

The IWBF were founded in 1993 as a sport-specific independent Paralympic governing body.

Baumann believes the support for wheelchair basketball from FIBA members should help with the organisational aspects of the sport.