Basketball’s world governing physique has opened an investigation after gamers on the Mali ladies’s group have been filmed bodily combating each other following their World Cup loss to Serbia in Sydney.
The scuffle between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou broke out throughout a post-match interview with Serbia’s Sasa Cado within the combined zone and was captured by a Serbian information digicam.
Kourouma is contracted with Stade Malien, an expert group based mostly in Mali‘s capital metropolis Bamako, whereas Dabou performs for Centre Dorinthie Basket.
A Fiba spokesperson confirmed it was conscious of the incident.
“FIBA acknowledged immediately that there was an altercation between Mali gamers within the combined zone following the Group B sport Serbia-Mali on the FIBA Ladies’s Basketball World Cup 2022,” mentioned a press release offered to Guardian Australia.
“Following the incident, FIBA has opened an investigation. As soon as the investigation is concluded, FIBA will resolve on any relevant disciplinary measures.”
Mali certified for his or her second World Cup as a late substitute for Nigeria, who pulled out citing administrative difficulties across the sport of their nation.
The bottom-ranked facet on the event at No 37 on the planet, Mali have misplaced their first 4 video games of the event and are now not in competition for the knockout stage.
The Malians have been considerably aggressive in patches however a 118-58 loss to Australia was a low level. They’re nonetheless to play Group B co-leaders Canada, who have been undefeated till Monday evening’s thrilling three-point defeat to the Opals.