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Just In: FG Makes U-turn Lifts Ban On International Basketball Competitions

Just In: FG Makes U-turn Lifts Ban On International Basketball Competitions

The Federal Government has lifted the ban on Nigeria’s basketball teams from all international competitions following a letter of appeal.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had in May approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who confirmed the development said the suspension will last for two years.

According to Sunday Dare, the development would allow the government to concentrate on efforts to revamp the sport.

However, at a conference in Abuja on Thursday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar said the government reinstated the team based on a letter of appeal from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), signed by Mr Musa Kida.

He added that intervention by concerned stakeholders, former Nigerian international basketball players and well-meaning Nigerians to seek solutions to the issues triggered the decision.

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