President of Basketball world governing body (FIBA) Hamane Niang has shared his thoughts about racism as the subject dominates the world in the wake of African-American man George Floyd’s killing in the United States of America.

His thoughts were communicated in a press release recently where the former FIBA Africa Boss chastised racist acts and called for equality.

FIBA President Niang (middle)

“I feel a burning desire to help FIBA inspire a more unified global basketball community. We are sport, yes, but basketball is much more than that. It is a source of hope, a source of friendship and most importantly a source of equality… However, racism is not a problem that can be solved overnight nor is it a problem isolated to one country; it is a global issue” he said.

Ningeria Forward Al-Farouq Aminu (left) with former FIBA President Horacio Muratore

His call for action included an introspection of what the world body has done to fight racism where he pointed to FIBA’s policy of appointing President via a rotation of continental heads. Initiatives like the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders and Basketball Africa League-BAL (a FIBA Africa-NBA project) are undertaken to bring about equality in communities all over the world.

Officials and Players at Luncheon to unveil team jerseys for BAL

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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