Nigeria’s immediate withdrawal from all international basketball events for a period of two years has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, said this during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
Dare, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ismaila Abubakar, said a committee will be formed to oversee basketball leagues across the country.
“Following the never-ending crisis that has plagued and nearly wrecked Nigeria’s basketball growth, President Muhammadu Buhari has sanctioned Nigeria’s withdrawal from all international basketball events for a period of two years.”
“This is with immediate effect,” he said.
The minister 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,” he said.