HCAs Refuse to Commit to U20s Programme for 2019 Despite Division A Status - Hoopsfix.com

HCAs Refuse to Commit to U20s Programme for 2019 Despite Division A Status

GB U20s 2018

The Home Country Associations (HCAs) acting on behalf of the British Basketball Federation (BBF) following their recent takeover, have refused to commit to the Under-20 programmes for next summer following the men retaining their Division A status on Thursday.

Responding to a request for comment from Hoopsfix following the Under-20 men defeating Greece 77-64 to ensure they remain in Division A next summer, in a joint statement, the HCAs said the priority will be to keep players on the court but they refuse to commit to fielding the teams.

“Recent victories by the Women over Lithuania and Greece and the Men securing Division A status for a further year are very promising achievements which provide real encouragement for the future,” the statement read.

“We are now working to formulate a detailed way forward that all the governing bodies in the sport will deliver in partnership. Our priority in balancing the budget will be to keep players on court above all else.”

Before the HCAs takeover of the BBF, the two sides were disputing over proposals on the best way to move the sport forward, and one of the many points of contention in in the HCAs proposal was to scrap the Under-20s programme from next year.

Though the U20 women finished 10th in Division B, a bright spot was Savannah Wilkinson’s individual performance that saw her named to the All-Tournament team.

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