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PRESIDENT BUHARI WITHDRAWS NIGERIA FROM INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL COMPETITIONS

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

Dare, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ismaila Abubakar, said “Following the unending crisis which have plagued and nearly crippled the development of basketball in Nigeria, President Buhari has approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years.”

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“This is with immediate effect,” he said.

It was added that the withdrawal of Nigeria is in order to concentrate efforts by the government towards revamping the sport from the grassroots as well as domestic leagues which have become moribund.

“This will also allow for the setting up of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee the management and development of the domestic basketball leagues in Nigeria.

Dare also said this will further address other related issues around the development and advancement of the game in Nigeria.

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The Minister of Sports has therefore called on players, officials, fans, and other stakeholders of the sport to remain calm as it embarks on far-reaching initiatives to reposition, sustain and stabilise the game of basketball.

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