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FG lifts ban on international basketball competitions

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The Federal Government on Thursday lifted the suspension of Nigeria’s basketball teams from all international competitions.

According to a Channels Tv report, the Permanent Secretary of the  Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, made this known during a conference in Abuja on Thursday.

Abubakar said the latest decision is based on a letter of appeal from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), signed by Mr Musa Kida.

He said intervention by concerned stakeholders, former Nigerian international basketball players and well-meaning Nigerians to seek solutions to the issues triggered the decision.

Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, who confirmed the development had said the suspension will last for two years.

He had said the development would allow the government to concentrate on efforts to revamp the sport.

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