FIBA condemns racism

June 15, 2020

THE FIBA"s executive committee condemned racism an ope letter as its gathered for the weekend for the third ordinary meeting n Switzerland.

FIBA president Hamane Niang read the letter, calling on the global basketball community to be part of the change in society.

This, as basketball players worldwide have refused to "shut up and dribble" in the wake of civil unrest in the United States.

The death of a black man, George Floyd, after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, triggered protests all throughout the United States, with several athletes making their voices heard.

NBA players were among the most vocal in calling for justice and reforms in society. They were backed by Commissioner Adam Silver in a memo released to all 30 teams.

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In his open letter, Niang stressed that while FIBA remains a "politically neutral organization," they will not stay silent on the issue of racism.

Instead, FIBA "unequivocally condemns all forms of discrimination as an attack on an individual's basic human rights."

"There is no place for this in basketball, in sport, or in any aspect of society," he said.