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Federal Government Reverses Nigeria Basketball Ban From International Competitions


The Federal Government has rescinded its decision to suspend Nigeria’s basketball teams from all international competitions, reports

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar disclosed this in a media conference in Abuja on Thursday.

According to Abubakar, the latest decision is based on a letter of appeal from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), signed by Mr Musa Kida.

He said intervention by concerned stakeholders, former Nigerian international basketball players and well-meaning Nigerians to seek solutions to the issues triggered the decision.

With this development, the national Men’s team, DTigers will continue their World Cup qualifiers with the 3rd window holding next month in Rwanda.

The Benin elections that re-elected Musa Kida has been ratified and a swearing-in ceremony will take place in a few days.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in May approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions.

Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, who confirmed the development said the suspension will last for two years.

He had said the development would allow the government to concentrate on efforts to revamp the sport.

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