FG Approves 2yrs Withdraws of Basketball From International Competition

FG Approves 2yrs Withdraws of Basketball From International Competition

Joel Ajayi

Following the unending crises that have crippled the game of Basketball in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all International Basketball Competitions for a period of two years.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare in a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja, disclosed that the withdrawal of Nigeria was to provide 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.

According to him, Government intends to utilize this period of break to address a contentious issues among stakeholders. The Terms of Reference (TOR) and membership of the Interim Management Committee w be announced in due course.

“In issuing the Presidential order, the Minister reiterated government interest and commitment to the development of the sports.

“Basketball in Nigeria as well as huge talents of our youth domestically in an atmosphere that is free of rancour and Squabbles.”

He called on players, officials, fans, and other stakeholders of the sport to remain calm as 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.

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