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FIBA approves new basketball rules; starts October 1

FIBA President Horacio Muratore.
Uganda’s Opong in action. Photo Courtesy: FIBA.com
Basketball’s world governing body FIBA has approved a set of sweeping changes to existing rules of the game which is due to take effect later this year.

The new rules will be used for all FIBA organized competitions in the future until further changes are made down the line.

FIBA’s Central Board made the announcement after extensive consultation with the body’s Rules Advisory Group (RAG) which has representatives from the NBA and National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) per reports gathered by Basketballghana.com

The new changes take effect on October 1 this year meaning competitions will be played out using the existing rules; upcoming African World Cup qualifiers will not be affected by the new changes since they take place between June 29 and July 1.

One of the major changes touches on technical fouls; with the new rule, a free throw is handed out as punishment and the ball is returned to the team which had control of the ball before the stoppage.

The idea behind the rule change is to avoid double penalty situation.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter

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