The Federal Government (FG) has rescinded its decision of suspending Nigeria’s basketball teams from participating in international competitions for a two-year period. This was disclosed in Abuja at a news conference on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa disclosed that Gbemisola Abudu would serve as Vice President and Country Head of Nigeria, adding that the league is expected to open its third office in Africa by early 2022. This was made known on Tuesday by NBA Africa’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Victor Williams. Abudu is expected to improve NBA’s business development initiatives in Nigeria such as grassroots programs for youths, media, and merchandise partnership, corporate social responsibility, amongst other duties.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Nigeria’s immediate withdrawal from all international basketball competitions with immediate effect. This was disclosed on Thursday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ismaila Abubakar on behalf of the Minister, Sunday Dare.
The World-renowned sports channel, Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) has named Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman as the Fighter of the Year. Usman also known as the 'Nigerian Nightmare' beat other respectful fighters like Charles Oliveira, Ciryl Gane, Kayla Harrison, Connor McGregor amongst others to clinch the award.