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WNBA players Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams won’t play for Nigeria at Olympics after appeal rejected

FIBA, the world governing physique for basketball, had dominated that the 2 WNBA players couldn’t go well with up for Nigeria, as they’ve beforehand performed for the US in FIBA occasions.

Ogwumike and Williams requested CAS to provisionally change their nationwide standing from USA to Nigeria, as FIBA eligibility pointers state a participant might probably change nationwide groups if it is within the curiosity in growing the game of basketball.

The players’ appeal was rejected by CAS, a FIBA assertion mentioned.

“Although each players had performed for USA after the age of 17 and participated within the qualifying course of to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (in February 2020 and September 2019, respectively), they not too long ago requested an distinctive change of their nationwide standing, which FIBA declined below the relevant guidelines,” the assertion learn.

“In any occasion, the players must wait for a three-year interval since their final sport with the USA to be eligible to play at the Olympics, as per Bye-law to Rule 41 of the Olympic Charter.”

Forward Nneka Ogwumike #30 of the Los Angeles Sparks warms up before the game against the Dallas Wings at Los Angeles Convention Center on May 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Ogwumike, 31, is the eldest of three sisters and hoped to play for Nigeria after she was left off the US staff, coping with a knee sprain at the time the American staff was introduced.

With Team USA, she received gold within the 2014 and 2018 FIBA World Cups and was named 2020 FIBA Olympic qualifying event MVP. She’s by no means been chosen to a US Olympic staff.

Chiney Ogwumike, 29, who additionally performs for the WNBA’s Sparks and additionally has USA Basketball expertise, was granted permission to play as a naturalized participant for Nigeria.

However, Nneka Ogwumike could not go that route as a result of a roster cannot have a couple of participant that may be a naturalized citizen, per FIBA guidelines.

The youngest sister, Erica Ogwumike, who performed school basketball at Rice, can also be on Nigeria’s roster. In 2020, she was drafted by the WNBA’s New York Liberty and then subsequently traded to the Minnesota Lynx. She by no means performed in an WNBA sport and selected to attend medical college.

The sisters’ mother and father have been born in Nigeria and the sisters have twin citizenship.

Williams, whose mother and father grew up in Nigeria, was born in England and moved to the US in 1996.

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