There is no crisis in Nigeria basketball, Dalung tells FIBA

By Daily Sports on February 6, 2018

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The FIBA fact finding delegation to Nigeria has been told in clear terms that there is no crisis in the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung made the remark during a meeting with the delegation led by FIBA Executive Director, Alphonse Bile in Abuja on Monday.

He gave the genesis of the leadership struggle in NBBF, maintaining that the election which was free and fair was duly won by Musa Kida.

“The position of government is that there is no crisis in Basketball. We only heard and read in the papers of allegations against government of interference in basketball elections.

“Can a spectator take a shot from outside the field and the referee records it as a goal? Tijani Umar did not register to contest or obtain an election form and therefore could not have contested for the presidential post. If he obtained election form, then he could have gone to the Appeals Committee to register his grievances but he couldn’t appeal because he didn’t even buy a form, therefore he wasn’t even eligible to protest.”

The Minister told the three-man delegation including the FIBA Executive Director Africa, Dr Alphonse Bile, Special Advisor to FIBA Secretary General, Mr Lubomir Kotleba and FIBA Competition Commission member Fode Amara Conde, that Tijani Umar was a government nominee for 8 years and never complained of government interference until government decided to have democratically elected federations devoid of government nominees.

“What is the definition of government interference? Is it when government directs that there must be popular elections with a democratized space or when government nominates 155 members of the board?”

Barrister Dalung appealed to FIBA to support Nigeria in the development and training of coaches and officials which he said is very significant to sports development. He also urged FIBA to consider giving Nigeria the hosting rights for a World Championship someday. (The Sun)

•Photo shows Solomon Dalung.

Source Daily Sports

Posted February 6, 2018

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