The world governing body of basketball, FIBA, has wielded its big sticks on Nigeria following the unpopular decision of Sunday Dare-led Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to forcefully give Nigeria a two-year break from international activities.
According to FIBA, the Nigerian representatives in the Women’s World Cup, D’Tigress are the first casualties of the self-imposed ban as they have been removed from the world cup while Mali will now take up the slot.
The hard earned ticket the ladies fought for with their sweat and blood has not been taken away from them because of the recklessness of Sports Minister and some enemies of the game in the country.
FIBA in a press release on its official website on Thursday said: “FIBA was informed about the decision of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to withdraw the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) from all international basketball competitions and activities for a period of two years.
“In subsequent communications with the NBBF, and despite FIBA’s request, it has become clear that against the circumstances created by the government’s decision, the NBBF is unable to confirm its participation in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.
“Given the multiple strict deadlines that cannot be postponed in order to ensure the successful staging of a major international event (visa procedures, schedules, ticket sales, accommodations, friendly games, preliminary rosters, flight tickets, accreditations, etc.) and to protect the integrity of the competition, the FIBA Executive Committee has decided as follows:
Nigeria’s withdrawal from the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is confirmed
Mali, as the next ranked team from Group B of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, is invited to participate in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022
“FIBA will announce whether there will be any other decisions related to the NBBF’s participation in other FIBA competitions and any potential disciplinary measures in due course.”