Hamane Niang has resumed his place as president of worldwide basketball physique Fiba after being cleared of overlooking sexual abuse in Mali whereas he ran the federation there.
Niang stepped apart in June as an investigation was held into allegations of long-running sexual abuse inside Mali’s Basketball Federation (FMBB), which he presided over from 1999 till 2007.
Whereas an impartial report commissioned by Fiba ‘doesn’t present any proof’ of Niang’s data of such issues, it did verify ‘sexual abuse inside the FMBB over many years’.
Three additional people have been suspended in consequence, taking to seven the tally now suspended by Fiba following the investigation.
The report is damning for the FMBB, with the testimony of a few of its officers described as ‘evasive, contradictory and untruthful’.
“The FMBB has been negligent for many years in what seems to have grow to be an institutionalised system of sexual abuse and harassment and cover-ups,” the report said.
Niang, in the meantime, returns to conduct a place he was appointed to in 2019.
“This investigation of paramount significance and I want to categorical my private and unconditional help to the victims,” mentioned Niang in a press release.
“For the reason that (report) has confirmed my innocence, I’ll now resume my official duties with Fiba. These offences have to be duly prosecuted by Fiba via impartial procedures.”
Throughout the course of the inquiry, an investigative staff led by Richard McLaren, who beforehand investigated Russia’s athletics doping scandal, spoke to 31 witnesses, together with gamers, coaches and numerous officers.
“Witnesses interviewed described a tradition of concern, retribution and cover-ups associated to victims of sexual abuse inside the FMBB over many years,” the report said.
“Not less than 22 potential witnesses refused to talk, typically for these causes.”
The report discovered that a number of feminine gamers, a lot of them youths, had been subjected to sexual and psychological abuse throughout their time representing Mali, who have been African champions in 2007.
The seven people now suspended are:
- Fanta Diallou, girls’s coach
- Seydou Maiga, FMBB secretary common
- Amadou Traore, FMBB vice-president
- Amadou Bamba, coach (suspended in June)
- Oumar Sissoko, coach (suspended in June)
- Amadou Ario Maiga, FMBB official (suspended in June)
- Harouna Maiga, FMBB president (suspended in June)
The report states that Diallo did not report sexual abuse reported to her by gamers, whereas discovering that coach Bamba – at the moment in a Malian jail as he awaits trial for offences he denies – is claimed to have ‘sexually harassed and abused a number of gamers’.
FMBB president Harouna Maiga, in the meantime, ‘lied to investigators about his prior data of sexual abuse as demonstrated by the proof gathered’.
The 149-page report ended by suggesting that Fiba – which pledges ‘zero tolerance for all kinds or harassment and abuse’ and has over 213 members – ought to contemplate a ‘world-wide central registry to document sexual abuse allegations’.
Later this week, Mali start their girls’s African basketball championships marketing campaign in Yaounde, Cameroon.