FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

Dec 18, 2014

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

by Ed Odeven

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann repeatedly stated that the Japan Basketball Association’s “lack of vision” is a fundamental problem stunting the sport’s development throughout the nation. During a Thursday morning news conference, Baumann spoke with an authoritative tone about serious issues facing the Japan ...

Dec 17, 2014

Baumann sets six-month target to reform Japanese basketball

Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of the International Basketball Federation, indicated Wednesday he would like to settle the issues that resulted in the Japan Basketball Association’s indefinite international ban within six months. Baumann, who met with Japanese Olympic Committee chairman Tsunekazu Takeda, will establish ...

FIBA hands down Japan ban; JBA sorry

Nov 27, 2014

FIBA hands down Japan ban; JBA sorry

by Kaz Nagatsuka

It was something everyone expected to happen, so there shouldn’t have been any surprise whatsoever. That, however, did nothing to lessen the gravity of the situation. The Japan Basketball Association was informed on Wednesday that it’d been suspended by FIBA, the sport’s world governing ...

FIBA bans Japan from international competition

Nov 26, 2014

FIBA bans Japan from international competition

by Ed Odeven

Although nearly a month passed since FIBA’s Oct. 31 deadline for the Japan Basketball Association to present a merger plan for the bj-league and the NBL, among other demands, basketball’s world governing body delivered the expected news. On Wednesday, the JBA, one of FIBA’s ...

JBA head Fukatsu to resign

Oct 23, 2014

JBA head Fukatsu to resign

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan Basketball Association president Yasuhiko Fukatsu announced his resignation from the helm during a Tokyo news conference on Thursday with the sport’s national governing body likely to face a ban from FIBA. Fukatsu said that during a JBA board meeting on the same day ...

Sep 16, 2014

FIBA spells out demands to JBA as deadline approaches

by Ed Odeven

FIBA last week repeated its mandate that the Japan Basketball Association deadline for a merger between the bj-league and the NBL is Oct. 31. This occurred in Spain, where the FIBA Basketball World Cup was held. In an interview with Reuters, FIBA secretary general ...

FIBA gives Japan deadline over leagues, denies 2020 ban

Sep 12, 2014

FIBA gives Japan deadline over leagues, denies 2020 ban

Japan has until the end of October to resolve a dispute between its two competing basketball leagues but there is no threat to the national team competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the sport’s governing body said on Thursday. FIBA wants a single league ...