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FIBA conditionally lifts Brazil suspension, outlines steps for Mexico to avoid sanctions
MIES, Switzerland - FIBA's Executive Committee decided at its meeting on Wednesday June 21 to lift, under a set of agreed upon conditions, the suspension on the Brazil Basketball Confederation (CBB) and warned the Mexican Basketball Association (ADEMEBA) that it could face sanctions if it does not meet certain statutory requirements.
The CBB was suspended in November 2016. Its reinstatement as an active National Member Federation of FIBA is contingent on a number of actions and documentation - as agreed by Brazil’s basketball governing body - being delivered in the next two months. Following this period, a decision will be made to determine whether or not CBB can be fully reinstated.
While it acknowledged the efforts made by the CBB’s new management, the Executive Committee stressed that the coming weeks are crucial for the future of the federation in order to comply with FIBA membership criteria.
FIBA will continue to provide support for the necessary reforms in the financial, sporting and governance aspects of CBB’s activities.
The International Basketball Federation is calling for the Brazilian basketball family to remain united towards the goal of ensuring the country’s international presence in the medium and long-term.
On the matter of Mexico, after holding meetings in the spring, the Executive Committee received a status report on the compliance process initiated in January 2016, when ADEMEBA was reinstated.
The Executive Committee insisted that the so-far successful implementation of reforms in ADEMEBA now needs to be finalized. As a result, it approved a timeline of actions, with a strong emphasis on governance, financial guarantees and sports planning which ADEMEBA must comply within order to avoid a possible reinstatement of the suspension.
FIBA (fiba.basketball) - the world governing body for basketball - is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).