Days After Players Protest, President Buhari Withdraws Nigeria Basketball From International Competitions

Days After Players Protest, President Buhari Withdraws Nigeria Basketball From International Competitions

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Two days after Nigeria Basketball players led a protest to the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, President Muhammadu Buhari have announced the withdrawal of all Nigeria Basketball teams from international competitions, bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.

The ban will last for two years.

The President’s pronouncement came following years of intractable crises that have hampered the development of basketball in the country.

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, a group of Nigeria Basketball players led a protest to the ministry of youth and Sports, accusing the sports minister of ineptitude in tackling the problems facing the sport.

Following the unending crises that have plagued and nearly crippled basketball development in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has today approved the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years.

This was made known today by the permanent secretary of Federal Ministry Of Youth And Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar.

The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF’s crises got to a crescendo in January after two presidents emerged from two parallel elections held in Abuja and Benin City on January 31, 2021.

The withdrawal will affect the D’Tigress participation at the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Australia from 22 September to 1 October, 2022

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