How power tussle stopped D’Tigeress from FIBA Women’s world cup in Australia

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How power tussle stopped D’Tigeress from FIBA Women’s world cup in Australia
By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

The pronouncement by the federal government of Nigeria announcing the withdrawing of the country from all international competition have stopped D Tigeress from proceeding to compete at the forth coming FIBA women’s world cup schedule for September 2022 in Australia.

The country’s minister of youths and sports , Sunday Dare announced that president Muhammadu Buhari has approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions.

Dare in May 2022 stated that the president of the west African nation has approved the withdrawal of all basketball national teams from international competitions for the period of two years.

According to him the decision was in response to the years of crisis that has ravaged the sector between groups tussling to take over the running of the affairs of the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
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He further stated that the withdrawal would pave way for authorities in Nigeria to address the power squabbles in basketball affairs in Nigeria, which has lead to different group asserting their claims to the leadership off the federation.

Reacting to the development, the world basketball governing body, FIBA said “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.
“Nigeria’s withdrawal from the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is confirmed.

“Mali, as the next ranked team from Group B of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, is invited to participate in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022

“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.”

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