Russia's ban lifted for Olympic basketball qualifiers

Bet Yosef of Israel shoots as Sergey Krasavtsev of Russia tries to block him during a basketball game for the 3X3 World basketball Championship in front of Zappeion hall in Athens, Saturday Aug. 25, 2012. (AP)

Russia’s national basketball team will be allowed to take part in Olympic qualification after officials partially lifted a ban on the country’s basketball federation.

The sport’s world governing body FIBA suspended the Russian Basketball Federation last month after infighting led to a series of legal battles, with president Yulia Anikeeva ousted by court order over allegations she took the post in a rigged election.

Now FIBA says in a statement that the federation remains suspended but its national teams will be allowed to compete.

As a result the Russian men’s team, the Olympic bronze medalist in 2012, is free to take part in next month’s European championship, known as EuroBasket, a key Olympic qualifier.

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