The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced that Nigeria’s Women's Basketball team, D’Tigress would be replaced by their counterparts from the Republic of Mali in the upcoming 2022 Women’s Basketball World cup scheduled to hold in Sydney, Australia.
The decision of FIBA was a result of the Federal Government’s withdrawal of Nigeria from participating in any international basketball competition for the next two years.
FIBA’s announcement was contained in a statement that stated Mali replaced Nigeria because it was the next ranked team in Group B during the qualifying tournament in Belgrade, Serbia.
According to the statement from the world basketball governing body, “FIBA was informed about the decision of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to withdraw the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) from all international basketball competitions and activities for a period of two years.
“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”.
The Federation also stated that the decision was made due to the multiple strict deadlines (visa procedures, flight tickets, accommodation, etc) of the upcoming major international basketball tournament and to also protect the competition’s integrity.
FIBA said it would “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”.