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WALES RE-ENTER TALKS ON BRITISH BODY
- Updated: October 3, 2013
Basketball chiefs have vowed to push on with creating a single body to govern the sport, despite uncertainty over the future funding for Great Britain teams and next year’s Scottish independence referendum.
With Scotland and England due to lose their separate international status with FIBA in 2016, there are fears that – with no route to qualify – that the home nations will miss out a spots at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast when the sport returns to the programme.
It has been revealed Wales, who initially voted against the unification, have re-opened talks to come on board. And an initial plan has now been agreed that would see one central organisation work in tandem with the existing governing bodies, including Basketball Scotland.
“Everybody is engaged in dialogue,” claimed British Basketball chairman Roger Moreland. “Nobody has been excluded. It’s about building that story together. That work is going on. We’re now edging though the detail to get to a situation where we get what we all want: which is the retention of a GB team in international basketball, along with something for the home countries.
“The word is confederation. It’s not a replacement. It’s not a merger. FIBA are comfortable with that. Scotland are comfortable. England as well. We’re in a debate with Wales so they can make an informed decision.”
He added: “There’s a working group, which I’m facilitating between representatives from England. Scotland wand Wales to see what a structure might look like. Scotland and England are agreed. Clearly Wales have decisions to be made in terms of how they go through a similar process.”