can report President of Basketball’s world governing body FIBA Hamane Niang, has been cleared of his involvement in allegations of sexual harassment of female players.

This comes in the aftermath of the conclusion of a FIBA investigation started in June this year following several reported cases of sexual harassment of female Malian basketball players during Niang’s tenure as President of the Malian Basketball Federation.

Niang Photo Courtesy: BBC

Niang had to step aside from his post as the leader of the world body for investigations to take place with four other Malian Federation officials doing same.

FIBA announced finding from the investigations would be announced after the Olympics conclude and the BBC late on Wednesday, September 15 reported the investigation that stated:

“does not provide any evidence’ of Niang’s knowledge of such matters, it did confirm ‘sexual abuse within the FMBB over decades’.

However, three other officials in the Malian Federation have been suspended bringing the overall number to seven. This comes ahead of the start of the 2021 Women’s AfroBasket that has Mali due to compete against Tunisia and Ivory Coast in Group D of the 12 team tournament.

Photo Courtesy: FIBA

This year’s Women’s AfroBasket runs from September 18 to September 26 in Yaounde, Cameroon.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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