FIBA warns of possible disciplinary action against Nigeria | Basketball

Basketball’s world governing body confirmed on Thursday that Nigeria had withdrawn its squad from the Women’s World Cup and warned of “potential disciplinary action” against the country due to government interference.

The Nigerian government announced last month that it was withdrawing all its basketball teams from international competition for two years while it completely overhauled the sport. The Ministry of Sports has said the Basketball Federation of Nigeria will be dissolved and the decision to withdraw from international competitions has been endorsed by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

FIBA said it has since been in contact with the Nigerian Basketball Federation in a bid to keep the Nigerian squad in the Women’s World Cup in Australia in September and October.

“Despite FIBA’s request, it has become clear that, given 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,” FIBA ​​said.

The Nigerians are the reigning African champions and have won the continental title five times. FIBA has declared Mali to replace Nigeria at the World Cup.

FIBA also said they would announce “any potential disciplinary action in due course” regarding Nigeria.

FIBA, like most sports bodies, does not allow governments to interfere in the functioning of national federations.

Nigeria’s decision to withdraw from international competition is also expected to affect the men’s team, which is currently competing for the 2023 World Cup.

Nigeria, who are coached by Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown, top their qualifying group ahead of the resumption of play in July. If Nigeria does not participate in the World Cup next year, it will not qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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