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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06313: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on Basketball Scotland's decision to give up its International Basketball Federation (FIBA) membership and compete as Great Britain in official competitions in future.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 9 February 2017

It remains Basketballscotland’s intention to retain all current National Squads (u16, u18 and Senior age-groups) beyond 2016. These programmes will play a critical part in the performance pathway and in the development of players who will be able to play the game professionally and represent GB on the world stage.

Due to the International Federation’s statutes, it is not possible to have both GB and Home Countries teams competing in FIBA Europe Competitions. While a dispensation was provided in the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics, this dispensation was only ever short term, lasting until 2016. Therefore, British Basketball is now the member of FIBA and Basketballscotland’s membership of the International Body will be through British Basketball.

This is a matter for Basketball Scotland, and the Scottish Government has no locus to intervene.