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FG appoints Interim Management Committee after international basketball ban

THE Federal Government has named an Interim Management Committee that will oversee basketball in the country.

The government, acting upon the request of the sports ministry, recently decided to ban Nigerian teams from participating in international competitions for the next two years.

The reason given for the controversial decision was what the government referred to as the ‘unending leadership crisis’ in the Nigeria Basketball Federation, which has not been resolved for seven years.

However, people in basketball circles have kicked against the self-ban, including the women’s national team D’Tigress, who issued a statement urging for a quick reversal.

The sports ministry appears to be intent on keeping the ban though, and it released a statement today about the appointment of the IMC, which will be made up of 10 members.

“Following the recent directives of President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of basketball in the country and its withdrawal from all International basketball competitions for the next two years, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, has announced the members of the Interim Management Committee(IMC) to oversee the development of the sport in Nigeria,” reads a statement signed by Mohammed Manga, Director (Press and Press Relations).

The members of the committee include Dr. Henry Nzekwu​, Mr. Udon Ubon HHumapwa, Mr. Frank Jitubhoh, a yet-to-be-named representative of Zenith Bank and Professor Adamu Ahmed.

The others are Mr. Peter Nelson, Group Captain Rahinatu Garba, Aderemi Adewunmi, Oluchi Nzekwe and Sani Adio ( SAN).

“The Committee is to draw up programmes that will revamp basketball from the grassroots in Nigeria, revive its moribund domestic leagues and attract cooperate sponsors for the development of the game,” the statement adds.

With the ban, D’Tigress will miss the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Australia in September, which they have already qualified for, the next Women’s AfroBasket and the 2024 Olympics.

D’Tigers, the men’s team, will also be unable to participate in the next AfroBasket and the 2024 Olympics.

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