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FIBA withdraws D’Tigress from 2022 Women’s World Cup

FIBA withdraws D’Tigress from 2022 Women’s World Cup

FIBA has kicked Nigeria’s women national basketball team D’Tigress out of the 2022 Women’s World Cup billed to hold in Sydney, Australia from September 22 to October 1.

Mali will replace Nigeria in the competition.

The statement titled ‘FIBA decision on Nigeria’s participation in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022’ was made available to Thursday morning.

The statement reads, “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:”

“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.”

Nigerian president, Muhammad Buhari through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had banned the nations basketball team from participating in international basketball competitions for two years.

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