FIBA had given the Japanese Basketball Association (JBA) until the end of October to come up with a plan to merge the Basketball Japan League and the National Basketball League into a single competition.

Efforts to reach an agreement came to nothing and FIBA said late on Wednesday the JBA had forfeited its rights as a member federation and would be banned from taking part in any of its competitions, which include Olympic qualifiers.

“FIBA regrets that the situation has reached such a point of no return," said the ruling body's secretary general Patrick Baumann, adding that the drastic step had been taken "for the good of basketball in Japan".

Baumann also said the measures were aimed at ensuring Japan made full use of the "opportunity that the 2020 Olympic Games will provide to basketball in Japan".

"We want a successful Tokyo 2020 basketball tournament with the participation of the Japanese men's and women's national teams," he added.

JBA president Yasuhiko Fukatsu resigned late last month as the impasse showed no signs of being eased. Mitsuru Maruo, the head of the NBL, has also resigned.

"In view of this, FIBA's Executive Committee has therefore decided to send a FIBA delegation to Japan to set up a Task Force that will be in charge of guiding the JBA through these difficult times and implement the necessary reforms," Baumann added.

The JBA said it would work to get the suspension lifted. "We at the JBA take this ruling very seriously," it said in a statement. "We intend to be in touch with FIBA and work to reform the JBA and get the sanctions removed."


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