Basketball: Bright Stars set for Paris after cabinet approves $9M

Basketball: Bright Stars set for Paris after cabinet approves $9M
The national basketball team squad.

The Council of Ministers approved a sum of $9 million to allow the Ministry of Youth and Sports to facilitate the participation of the basketball team in the Paris Olympics slated for July 2024.

On Friday, Dr. Joseph Geng, the minister of youth and sports, presented to the cabinet and highlighted the financial needs of the Bright Stars.

Addressing the media on Friday, the deputy minister of information, Jacob Korok, stated that the cabinet approved the memo of Dr Geng to approve the funding.

“The cabinet listened to the memo presented by the minister of youth requesting a budget for the basketball team ahead of the Paris Olympics in July. The cabinet approved the budget of a total of $ 9 million and directed the minister of finance to look for resources so that our team can be facilitated for these important Paris Olympic Games,” Korok said.

“The $9 million is to facilitate the basketball team and delegations that will be travelling to attend the Olympic games in Paris. The council of ministers passed and then directed the Minister of Finance to look for the resources so that our team can be facilitated for these important games,” he added.

Last year, the council of ministers approved $6.5 million (approximately SSP6.3 billion) to facilitate the participation of the national basketball team in the FIBA World Cup 2023.

This was after the former minister of youth and sports, Dr Albino Bol, requested a budget from the government to fund the national basketball team’s participation in the upcoming tournament.

South Sudan is the only African team to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

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