Brazilian Basketball Confederation hits back at Fiba suspension

The Brazilian Basketball Confederation (CBB) has expressed its “surprise” after the sport’s global governing body suspended it on Monday.

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) said that despite support and flexibility provided to the CBB on multiple occasions before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – efforts which led to the recent creation of the ‘Taskforce for the reorganisation of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation and the development of basketball in Brazil’ – the organisation still needs restructuring and is currently not fully compliant with its obligations as a national member federation.

In particular, Fiba noted non-participation in international competitions, such as continental youth competitions and 3×3 Senior world championships, as well as failure to organise a 3×3 World Tour event in Rio de Janeiro. It also said there is a “lack of full control” of basketball in the country, with third parties alleged to have intervened in the selection and funding of national team activities.

Fiba also said it has been owed outstanding payments for an extended period of time, despite several grace periods granted. It added: “The overall financial situation of CBB does not permit it to finance its operations or to be in good standing in its country.”

Fiba has long held issues with the administration of basketball in Brazil, with its participation at its home Olympics having been in doubt last year over outstanding payments owed by the CBB. Fiba has now said further talks will be held later this month ahead of a meeting to re-evaluate the situation on January 28.

A Fiba statement read: “The Executive Committee expressed its regret for the situation of basketball in Brazil just a few months after the Olympic Games and strongly encouraged CBB to collaborate closely with Fiba and the Taskforce mentioned above, in order to overcome the serious institutional, sporting and financial difficulties.”

In response to the suspension, the CBB said it was surprised by the decision stating it had no impression that such action was imminent following meetings held earlier this month. “The CBB is going to look at formal and legal means to preserve Brazilian basketball,” the governing body said, adding that officials would respond to Fiba’s criticisms more fully on Wednesday.