|Great Britain Basketball to Remain Adjoined after Olympics|
Thursday, 05 July 2012 17:44
The Great Britain basketball team will continue its existence after the Olympics, with England Basketball and basketballscotland backing the proposal for a British basketball membership of FIBA.
The move comes despite Basketball Wales confirming that it does not wish to be part of the venture. Currently, each nation has a separate basketball association, but the three were granted special permission to compete as Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.
FIBA required a decision to be submitted by 30 June 2012, which will become active in 2016, when England Basketball and basketballscotland’s membership with FIBA expires.
Terry Donovan, Chairman of England Basketball said in a statement that England Basketball will remain eligible for Sport England funding and will maintain responsibility for basketball development in England. Additionally, Scotland will continue to oversee the management of basketball in the country.
However, England and Scotland will continue to have national sides at all age levels, but they will not participate in official FIBA tournaments.
A basketballscotland statement announced: “Having collected a substantial amount of evidence across a range of critical factors including legal considerations, political impact, membership views and opinions, performance pathways and future governance structures, the Board considered a vast amount of information at its meeting on Thursday 28 June 2012.