*Set new deadline for March 2018
In its meeting of the 9th of December 2017, the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) has ruled out any ban on Nigeria at the international level and there are no new elections into the Executive Board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) after the 13th June 2017 election in Abuja.
This declaration was contained in a letter dated 12th of December, 2017 signed by the Secretary General of FIBA, Patrick Baumann, addressed to the Secretary General of the NBBF, Chimezie Asiegbu.
Making reference to an earlier letter dated 26th July 2017, FIBA through its Secretary General announced a further extension of the deadline till 28th February, 2018, after reviewing and analysing documentation sent to it by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) before the 30th November deadline earlier given.
FIBA said that the new extension was agreed upon at their Central Board meeting held on the 9th of December 2017 to allow a fact finding delegation which has been set up to visit Nigeria before the end of the latest extension ahead of its next meeting in March, 2018.
FIBA informed that the federation will be “contacted shortly to arrange the precise details of the visit of the FIBA delegation whose findings will be reported to the Executive Committee on the 10th of March, 2018.”
Following the validation of its mandate, the federation will now shift its focus to unfolding its long-term plans for the development of the game as the Technical Department have immediately resumed scouting of players for the first phase of the D’Tigers’ 2019 FIBA World cup qualification coming up between 23rd to 25th February, 2018.
It would be recalled that there has been a tussle between two factions laying claims to the elections for the NBBF which the FIBA has been wading to stop.