Investigation Confirms Reports of Abuse in Mali Basketball

But investigators said they could not confirm The Times’s reporting that the sport’s top global official, Hamane Niang, knew about the abuse.

Basketball’s world governing body painted a damning portrait of sexual abuse of female basketball players in the West African nation of Mali in an investigation published Tuesday, but said it could not independently confirm reporting in The New York Times that the sport’s top global official knew about and largely ignored reports of sexual misconduct in his native country.

Hamane Niang stepped aside temporarily in June as the president of FIBA, basketball’s world governing body, as The Times prepared to publish a story on allegations of systemic sexual harassment

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