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Nigerian government makes a U-turn on international basketball ban

by Mitchelle Uzorka 

The Nigerian government has reversed its decision to suspend the country’ basketball teams from all international competitions for two years.

This development was made known by The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Ismaila Abubakar at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the latest decision is based on a letter of appeal from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), signed by Musa Kida.

Recall that on May 12, via a statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, quoting President Muhammadu Buhari, approved the country’s immediate withdrawal from all international basketball competitions for two years.

On June 2, following the government’s decision, the sport’s global governing body, FIBA, kicked the Nigerian women basketball team, D’Tigress, out of the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.

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