Basketball Australia statement

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Basketball Australia will not appeal the sanctions handed down by FIBA’s Disciplinary Panel following the Australian Boomers’ game against the Philippines on 3 July.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Anthony Moore said “Our legal advice examined a range of appeal options. However, the chances of success under the FIBA appeal process are very low so we have decided to pursue these matters with FIBA independent of the appeal process.”

The Basketball Australia Board also agreed to appoint an independent consultant to conduct a review of all matters related to the planning and execution of the tour to Japan and the Philippines including security and crisis management.

This review will make recommendations to the Board to take effect prior to the departure of senior national teams in September this year.

“We have agreed to treat this unfortunate incident as a learning opportunity for the entire organisation and we are committed to improving the practices for all of our 22 national teams as we travel throughout the world playing in FIBA basketball tournaments.”  Moore said.

“We now look forward to the next World Cup qualifying games between the Boomers, Qatar and Kazakhstan in September.”