SCOTS WANT MORE DETAILS BEFORE MERGER VOTE

Basketball Scotland chiefs have held off on a final decision on whether to sign up to a federal structure for the sport in Britain after asking for more details on plans to link up with England and Wales in a new unified governing body.

After talks in Edinburgh with senior officials from their fellow home nations, Scottish bosses will now seek assurances over their future role before ratifying any merger.

It is understood that access to Great Britain teams, plus opportunities to regularly field a Scotland team outside of official FIBA competitions, are high on the list of clarifications sought.

“I see it every much as a partnership,” said Basketball Scotland chairman Colin Pearson.

“It’s the only way it can work. I’ve seen it with other sports where arrangements haven’t been clear-cut. We’re clear in saying what we want. For example, we had two great games in Edinburgh at the weekend. We want more of that as we go forward.”

Pearson is expected to convene his board again next week to make a final decision on whether to accept the merger plan, with the FIBA-imposed deadline of June 30 looming large.

England’s board, who have recommended the proposals, will meet inside the next week to finalise their approach.

While Basketball Wales is understood to be split on whether to give its backing.

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