Accused of having turned a blind eye to several cases of sexual assault against basketball players between 1999 and 2011, while he was at the head of Malian basketball, by an article in the New York Times, Hamane Niang was cleared by the independent survey conducted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
The information was relayed on social networks by several sources close to the boss of world basketball. In a statement, FIBA confirms that the independent report provides no evidence to support claims that FIBA President Hamane Niang knew or should have known about sexual abuse within the federation Malian Basketball Ball. Hamane Niang maintains, in a statement reported by the press release, that this investigation is of paramount importance. ” I would like to express my personal and unconditional support for the victims. These infringements must be duly prosecuted by FIBA in independent proceedings. The integrity officer has confirmed my announcement, I will now resume my official duties with FIBA ”, declared the Malian president of FIBA.
This revelation from the New York daily led the Malian to temporarily quit his post as President of FIBA last June. Malian Fiba President Hamane Niang had agreed to step down while an investigation was carried out into allegations of systemic sexual harassment within the Malian Basketball Federation (FMB) by independent investigators. This sexual assault case raised by the New York Times and Human Rights Watch has always been denied by the president of Fiba. Moreover, the Malian had reassured the institution of FIBA of its full collaboration with the investigation that the said federation has opened. “I have never been involved and I have never heard of the accusations described in your correspondence,” wrote The New York Times, following up on an email by Hamane Niang.
Although Hamane Niang was cleared by the independent investigation of FIBA, several officials of the Malian basketball, in particular the coaches Amadou Bamba and Oumar Sissoko, the official Hario Maïga and the current president of the FMBB, Harouna Maïga, remain. in suspension. And FIBA is planning to issue additional suspensions against three other FMBB officials.
Siaka DIAMOUTENE / Maliweb.net