FIBA suspends Russian basketball teams from international competitions

The office of the Russian Basketball Federation (RBF) has received a letter from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) notifying of the suspension of all the Russian national teams from international competitions, Sport-Express reported on July 29.

Team Russia at the London 2012 Olympics Games, August 12, 2012. Source: Getty Images / Fotobank

The office of the Russian Basketball Federation (RBF) has received a letter from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) notifying of the suspension of all the Russian national teams from international competitions, Sport-Express reported on July 29.

The reasons for this decision are the scandals in the RBF and the scheduling of an extraordinary election conference.

The women's under 18 team was expected to begin competitions at the European championship in Slovenia on July 30. The other national teams, the men's and women's under 16 teams and the main men's national team, will not play in the European championships.

The Moscow City Court earlier declined an appeal filed by the RBF in February contesting the decision made by the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court to hold an election conference to elect the new president of the organization and the executive committee, and it ordered the organization to hold a conference whose agenda would include elections of the president and the executive committee within sixty days.

The RBF is now headed by Yulia Anikeyeva.

In July, FIBA raised the situation about the re-election of the RBF president and executive committee with the central bureau and notified the RBF about that.

The letter, which was signed by FIBA President Horacio Muratore and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Bauman, stated that the information contained in the letters, the decisions made by the Moscow City Court and the public statements by the parties involved indicates the escalation of the conflict.

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