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FIBA president supports African development

22 August 2014, 11:35

Lagos - Yvan Mainini, the president of basketball's world governing body, has urged Nigeria and other African countries to continue developing the sport on the continent.

While Mainini believes the skills gap between African countries and the rest of the world is not as big as it used to be, he feels more can still be done.

“The gap between teams from Europe or America is not so big at the moment,” said Mainini.

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“It is getting smaller from my experience, there is a lot of talent in Africa and it will be a very strong continent in the future.

“At FIBA, we have recognised this and are ready to help in any way possible. We have already started preparing coaches and officials to ensure the game takes the next step forward.

“The huge advantage for Asia is because there are so many venues where the sport can be played in addition we have people who are willing to work hard to achieve their aims. To start with, Africa must work harder to have more representation at world-level competitions.”

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