FIBA on Monday announced its decision to suspend the Brazilian Basketball Federation (CBB) following the conclusion of its Executive Committee meeting. Despite the support and flexibility provided by FIBA on multiple occasions before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – and which led to the recent creation of the “Taskforce for the reorganisation of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (CBB) and the development of basketball in Brazil” – the Executive Committee acknowledged that CBB still needs restructuring and is currently not fully complying with its obligations as a National Member Federation of FIBA under the applicable General Statutes.
In particular, the failures to comply with the applicable statutory framework which led to the suspension include, among others: Non-participation in international competitions, such as continental youth competitions and 3×3 Senior world championships, as well as failure to organise the 3×3 World Tour event in Rio de Janeiro. A high number of players has already been affected by these absences, since they have missed the opportunity to qualify and play internationally in the upcoming years. At national level, important youth national championships have been cancelled by CBB.
After the U.S. men’s basketball team finished practice on Tuesday, Klay Thompson rushed out of the gym to catch up with Schmidt and take a photo. “He’s a great icon for basketball,” Thompson said. “I look up to him. He’s a great shooter and a great player.”
He is the Olympics’ all-time leading scorer (1,093 points), the leader for most points at one Olympics (338 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics) and has four of the top-five highest single-game scoring records – 55 against Spain, 46 against the Soviet Union, 46 and against Puerto Rico in 1988 and 45 against Puerto Rico in 1996 when he was 38 years old. In 1988, he averaged 42.2 points in eight games. All that scoring earned him the nickname Mao Santa – Holy Hand. “Because I played too much,” Schmidt said when asked to explain his scoring.