• Japan to merge two pro leagues


    TOKYO: Japanese basketball chiefs said on Friday they will merge two professional leagues after years of prevarication that saw the sport’s global bosses threaten to kick the country out of international competition. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) had warned Japan that if it continued to have two separate leagues it might be barred from the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics. FIBA had for years asked the Japan Basketball Association (JBA), which oversees the game domestically, to streamline the sport.



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