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Russia’s membership in FIBA might be resumed in November-December

August 09, 2015, 17:17 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, August 9. /TASS/. Russia’s membership in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) may be resumed in November-December, Alexandra Brilliantova, director of the law department of the Russian Olympic Committee, said on Sunday.

The situation over the Russian Basketball Federation was in focus of a meeting of the FIBA central board on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, acting president of the Russian Basketball Federation Yulia Anikeyeva, Deputy Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov and Brilliantova voiced Russia’s consolidated position on the disqualification of the Russian Basketball Federation and informed about further steps to be done to settle the problems. On Sunday, the FIBA central board lifted the ban to take part in international competitions off all Russian teams. The ban was also lifted off Russian coaches, referees and commissioners. The board however kept a ban in respect of other official of the Russian Basketball Federation in place.

Brilliantova said the Russian delegation at the board meeting had drawn attention of the FIBA central board members to the fact that "athlete should not be held liable for these or those problems of the organizational, legal or judicial nature."

"There were no grounds to disqualify national teams," she said. "I think we have been heeded. Otherwise, the decision might have been much tougher. I would like to note that a number of the board members, for instance, President of FIBA Europe Turgay Demirel, spoke in favour of cancelling the sanctions against Russian teams."

"The Russian Basketball Union’s membership in the FIBA will be suspended till mid-April 2016. The final decision will be announced tomorrow," Brilliantova said. "In the meantime, the leadership of the international federation, its secretary general Patrick Baumann put it absolutely clear - in case decisions taken at the election conference of the Russian Basketball Federation due on August 25 are in conformity with the Russian law, international sports regulations, FIBA’s general status and, what is most important, if these decisions are strictly obeyed, Russia’s representation at the FIBA might be resumed within two or three months."

FIBA sanctions were imposed last week over the non-transparency of the management system at the Russian Basketball Federation. The Russian youth team has already been hit be the sanctions and is not taking part in the European championship underway in Lithuania’s Kaunas since August 6.

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