The Federal government has announced a ban on basketball in Nigeria.

Following this decision, Nigeria will not participate in any basketball international competition for 2 years.

The ban by President Buhari was made known in a statement by Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

According to the Buhari administration, the step is to prevent the country from participating in any international basketball competition.

The ban is set to take effect immediately and comes after leadership struggle involving the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).

International basketball governing body (FIBA) were set to ban Nigeria over the lingering leadership crisis with the NBBF.

In the last few years, basketball has been a source of joy to sports loving Nigerians.

The men (D’Tigers) and women’s (D’Tigress) team qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

With the two-year ban, basketball is now under lockdown and the country cannot participate in international events as well.

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