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FIBA statement on CAS decision regarding Nnemkadi Chinwe Ogwumike and Elizabeth Olatayo Williams
FIBA acknowledges today's decision of the Court Arbitration of Sport (CAS) to reject the request for provisional measures filed by Nnemkadi Chinwe OGWUMIKE and Elizabeth Olatayo WILLIAMS.
The players had requested that the CAS provisionally accepts the change of their national status from USA to Nigeria.
Although both players had played for USA after the age of 17 and participated in the qualifying process to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (in February 2020 and September 2019, respectively), they recently requested an exceptional change of their national status, which FIBA declined under the applicable rules. In any event, the players would have to wait for a three-year period since their last game with the USA to be eligible to play at the Olympics, as per Bye-law to Rule 41 of the Olympic Charter.
The list of players for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games submitted by the Nigeria Basketball Federation to the Nigeria Olympic Committee and to FIBA does not include these two players.
Nigeria has been drawn in the same group with USA, France and Japan.