FG ban Nigeria from International Basketball for two years
The Federal Government reiterates its interest and commitment to the development of the sport of basketball in Nigeria as well as the huge talents of our youth domestically in an atmosphere free of rancour and squabbles
The Federal Government has banned Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for two years with immediate effect due to an unending crisis that has plagued the development of Basketball in the country.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development made this known in a briefing with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
The minister, through Ismaila Abubakar, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, who represented Mr Dare, said an Interim Management Committee (IMC) would be set up to oversee basketball leagues in the country.
“Following the unending crisis that has plagued and nearly crippled the development of basketball in Nigeria, President Buhari has approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for two years."
“This is with immediate effect. This 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,” he said.
According to the minister, the withdrawal will allow the country to concentrate efforts by the government towards reawaking the moribund domestic league as well as develop the huge talents of our youths domestically in an environment free of rancour.
“In issuing the order, the Federal Government reiterates its interest and commitment to the development of the sport of basketball in Nigeria as well as huge talents of our youth domestically in an atmosphere free of rancour and squabbles"
He then called on stakeholders to help sustain and stabilise the game as it will aid the growth and success of the sport in the long-term interest of the country.
“Government, therefore, calls on players, officials, fans and other stakeholders of the sport to remain calm as it embarks on far-reaching initiatives to reposition, sustain and stabilise the game of basketball."
“This will aid in the growth and success of the sport in the long-term interest of the country,” the minister said.
Basketball has meshed with a leadership crisis in Nigeria since 2017 when two factional executive boards of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF emerged and the unending crisis was left unsolved and snowballed into 2022 elections which also ushered in two parallel boards NBBF with both claiming legitimacy.
The first casualty of the International Basketball blackout will be the inability of the Nigeria Women Basketball team, D'Tigress, to attend the 2023 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup due for Australia.
D'Tigress picked a ticket to represent Africa at the championship but the team won't be able to attend and represent the nation due to the fact the order takes immediate effect.