Basketball Scotland has launched a consultation on whether to give up its independence and merge into a Britain-wide organisation for the sport.

But bosses have admitted that they might not be able to come up with a binding decision before the deadline imposed by FIBA.

The world governing body has given England, Wales and Scotland until June 30 to decide whether they want to compete as Great Britain at all levels after the Olympics or split back into three separate teams.

But with the two options causing a split in opinion, Basketball Scotland chief executive Kevin Pringle concedes that consensus will be hard to find.

“We have a board meeting in June to decide our position so time is short,” he said.

“The consultation process won’t be definitive because whatever happens, we’d have to discuss it with Sportscotland and other interested parties. If there’s not clear direction, then we’ll have to see where we take it. But we’ve laid out the key issues involved in the two options on whether we stay in or go back out.”

It has been estimated that opting out of retaining a GB team would cost the sport nationally around £10 million per year – as well as eliminating any hope of qualifying for future Olympics. However critics fear that it would limit opportunities for young Scots to test themselves in international basketball.

Consultation questionnaire here.

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