HOOPS! with MWEMBE KAONA
GOOD governance is key for any sport to thrive and progress.
It is for the same reason that the basketball world governing body – International Basketball Federation, has incorporated the virtues in its new statutes that came into effect this month following the recently held midterm congress.
Areas outlined include a code of ethics for officials which lays the guidelines for the conduct of this level of membership.
An interesting aspect that has been regulated head on is the subject of betting which although is not known to happen in Zambian basketball circles, does occur in more professional circles.
The world governing body has classified betting along with corruption hence the two appear under the same category in the appendices to the internal regulations.
The new FIBA internal regulations are broken down into five books the first being a general one with book two regulating competitions and the third one players and officials.
Books four and five respectively address anti-doping and governance of the zones.
Betting and corruption are sanctionable under FIBA regulations and to curb this, guidelines defining betting and corruption have been outlined.
The manipulation of results attracts sanctions hence it is stated that fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise improperly influencing, or being a party to fixing or continuing in any way or otherwise improperly influence, the result, progress, outcome, conduct or any other aspect of a Competition of FIBA is an offence.
Book three is directed at players and officials. It directs that such persons. It must respect the FIBA internal regulations and general statutes.
To be entitled to participate in competitions of FIBA a player must observe the general statutes and internal regulations.
Strict adherence is expected of all who subscribe to the FIBA membership.
One thing that is clearly stated is that the eligibility of players is the responsibility of the national federations and not sub bodies in a country.
This has been a source of tug of war within the Zambia Basketball Federation where some associations insist on taking on what they are not mandated to.
The fourth book addresses the growing scourge of doping and it is aptly tagged anti-doping and with this goes a list of banned substances as regulated by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA).
Anti- doping rules apply to FIBA and all its divisions from the zones through the federations down to individuals who are members in one way or another.
All these documents I have pointed out are no secret but available on the FIBA website and can be downloaded free of charge with the only cost being that of internet bundles.
I would implore managers of the sport, whether at club, provincial or national level to access these documents and acquaint themselves with the developments.
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