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FIFA Suspends Russian Basketball Federation, Putting Olympic Qualification In Doubt

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 30 / 15

The Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) has been suspended by governing body FIBA, putting its participation in the 2016 Olympics "in doubt," according to Dmitriy Rogovitskiy of REUTERS. The RFB published a letter from FIBA on its website on Wednesday stating that the Russian federation "had been im...

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