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Buhari withdraws basketball from all international tournaments

Charnay Basketball Club of France player, Promise Amukamara in action for D’Tigress at the 2019 FIBA Afro Women’s basketball championship
Charnay Basketball Club of France player, Promise Amukamara in action for D’Tigress at the 2019 FIBA Afro Women’s basketball championship

Following intractable crises that have almost crippled basketball development in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered for the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years.

The minister of sports, Sunday Dare who made known the presidential directive in his Office in Abuja, said that the withdrawal of Nigeria was to provide the Federal Government with the opportunity to revamp the sport from the grassroots as well as revive the domestic leagues which have become moribund.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, the Minister stated that the withdrawal will also allow for the setting up of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee the management and development of the domestic basketball leagues in Nigeria and to further address other related issues around the advancement of the game in the country.

“Government intends to utilize this period of break to address all contentious issues among stakeholders. The Terms of Reference (TOR) and membership of the Interim Management Committee will be announced in due course”, he said.

In issuing the Presidential order, the Minister reiterated the government’s interest and commitment to the development of the sport of basketball in Nigeria as well as huge talents of the youth domestically in an atmosphere that is free of rancour and squabbles.

Dare, therefore called on players, officials, fans, and other stakeholders of the sport to remain calm as the government embarks on far-reaching initiatives to reposition, sustain and stabilize the game of basketball for growth and success in the long term interest of the country.

Meanwhile, if there is no change in the Presidential order, the first casualty will be the senior women’s basketball team, D’Tigress who have qualified for the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup to be staged in Sydney, Australia, from September 22 to October 1.

And the men’s team, D’Tigers who are among the 16 African teams that are competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers may have their hopes of another World Cup appearance dashed.

 

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