FIBA statement regarding U19 and U16 women's teams from Mali
FIBA has taken numerous steps since receiving several allegations about systemic sexual harassment within the Mali Basketball Federation, including the protection of witnesses, as part of the investigation opened by the independent Integrity Officer.
Further to those actions, FIBA has entered into a partnership with Terre des hommes (Tdh) to immediately establish a safeguard and protection service for the players of the U19 and U16 women's teams from Mali, who will be competing in international events this summer, whilst the investigation from the independent Integrity Officer is ongoing. Besides appropriate protection, psychological and legal support of these players through its existing representative office in Mali, Tdh will also create appropriate channels to report allegations of abuse in Mali.
About Terre des hommes (Tdh)
Terre des hommes is an independent, neutral, and impartial Swiss organization committed to bringing meaningful and lasting change to the lives of children and youth, especially to those most exposed to risks. Tdh has extensive experience in keeping children safe in sport, including with international sport organizations.